Embracing Technology 
to Enhance Student Collaboration 
Presented by: 
Lisa Rapple, Faculty Program Director 
Excelsior Co...
Why technology for 
collaboration? 
 Address multiple learning styles 
 Increase interaction among participants 
 Colla...
Technology to Deliver Content 
 Learning Management System (LMS) 
 Weblog (Blog) 
◦ Faculty Blog 
◦ Instructor Newsblog ...
Interactive Tools – Social 
Learning 
◦ Wikis for co-authoring written and 
multimedia projects 
◦ GoogleDocs for collabor...
Social Bookmarking 
Diigo.com 
 Example of student collaborative 
bookmarking 
 Teacher console (Educator’s account) 
 ...
Collaborative Writing 
www.drive.google.com 
 Example of student collaborative writing 
◦ Share settings 
◦ History / tra...
Collaborative Projects 
Wikispaces 
EDUCATOR’S ACCOUNT 
 Example of student collaborative project 
◦ Students collaborati...
Professional Networking 
Linkedin.com 
 Example of collaborative classroom 
◦ Manager’s choice 
◦ Member’s join 
◦ Create...
Final Points 
Tips for using social technologies: 
 Keep it simple in the beginning. Don’t overwhelm 
yourself or student...
Tips for using social technologies: Final Points 
 Be aware of privacy settings on Internet tools. 
Many technology enhan...
Final Points 
Additional easy tools to start with: 
 Blogs – one of the easiest tools to learn for you or students. 
(Blo...
Questions? 
Lisa Rapple, Faculty Program Director 
Excelsior College, Albany, NY 
lrapple@excelsior.edu
TECHNOLOGY IN ACTION 
GoogleDoc embedded in LMS 
Student comments: advantages 
A shared document 
provided a very clean, 
...
TECHNOLOGY IN ACTION 
GoogleDoc embedded in LMS 
Student comments: disadvantages 
none
TECHNOLOGY IN ACTION 
Wikispaces 
Student comments: advantage using wiki to collaborate 
Everything is live and easily mov...
TECHNOLOGY IN ACTION 
Wikispaces 
There are less confusion, it is 
easy to use and don’t have to 
worry about any attachme...
TECHNOLOGY IN ACTION 
Wikispaces 
Student comments: disadvantages 
(technical) Skill level of team 
members varied.
Wiki 
return
Blog 
return
Newsblog 
return
Web Tutorials 
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Technology day

  1. 1. Embracing Technology to Enhance Student Collaboration Presented by: Lisa Rapple, Faculty Program Director Excelsior College
  2. 2. Why technology for collaboration?  Address multiple learning styles  Increase interaction among participants  Collaboration greatly enhances learning  Create communities of learning  Provide feedback  Assess and track performance  Engage global resources, ideas, and people
  3. 3. Technology to Deliver Content  Learning Management System (LMS)  Weblog (Blog) ◦ Faculty Blog ◦ Instructor Newsblog  Media ◦ Web-Tutorial ◦ Embedded Video (screencast-o-matic)
  4. 4. Interactive Tools – Social Learning ◦ Wikis for co-authoring written and multimedia projects ◦ GoogleDocs for collaborative writing, idea sharing ◦ Blog for authentic learning (role-play) ◦ Social Bookmarking tool (Diigo) ◦ Multimedia discussions/critiques (Voicethread) ◦ Polls and surveys (Zoomerang) ◦ LinkedIn for professionalism, building an online profile, networking, resource sharing
  5. 5. Social Bookmarking Diigo.com  Example of student collaborative bookmarking  Teacher console (Educator’s account)  Group settings ◦ Students email not required for group enrollment ◦ Diigo group can be private to members only ◦ Combines discussion with website/resource sharing ◦ organize with tags
  6. 6. Collaborative Writing www.drive.google.com  Example of student collaborative writing ◦ Share settings ◦ History / transparency ◦ Students collaboratively-write ◦ No revisions are lost, everything is recoverable ◦ Finished work can be archived, shared, displayed in a google-site portfolio ◦ Enhance with images, graphs, table of contents and other ‘widgets’.
  7. 7. Collaborative Projects Wikispaces EDUCATOR’S ACCOUNT  Example of student collaborative project ◦ Students collaboratively-build projects ◦ No revisions are lost, everything is recoverable. ◦ Finished work can be shared, receive comments ◦ Enhance with video images, graphs, table of contents and other ‘widgets’. ◦ Projects are archived on the wiki page. ◦ Dynamic, multi-layered.
  8. 8. Professional Networking Linkedin.com  Example of collaborative classroom ◦ Manager’s choice ◦ Member’s join ◦ Create profiles/ exemplars of special interests ◦ Messages ◦ Concerns for privacy ◦ Send announcements/invitations ◦ Less scholarly, more ‘in the news’ ◦ Explore other groups/special interests ◦ My instructions for LinkedIn activities
  9. 9. Final Points Tips for using social technologies:  Keep it simple in the beginning. Don’t overwhelm yourself or students with too many changes or too many technical challenges.  Look for tools that are education friendly and have good technical support. (ex., Wikispaces, LinkedIn & Diigo)  Teach the course once with an open mind. Evaluate activities for opportunities to improve. Only employ technology to IMPROVE your course.  Think out of the box. ◦ There are things that the Internet can provide that a closed classroom could not. ◦ Repurpose tools that you are familiar with or can learn easily. Low tech can be highly purposeful.
  10. 10. Tips for using social technologies: Final Points  Be aware of privacy settings on Internet tools. Many technology enhancements that we spoke about MAY be public (open to the Internet world) so be aware of the tool’s settings and be sure students are informed as well.  Never use technology just for the flash and sparkle, this will frustrate students and impede good learning  You can learn from your students. Don’t think YOU have to be the creative one. Leave choices open to students to create projects using a tool of their choice. Possibly provide them with a suggestion list.
  11. 11. Final Points Additional easy tools to start with:  Blogs – one of the easiest tools to learn for you or students. (Blogspot.com) ◦ Have student teams create an informational blog. ◦ Collect student experiences/stories, responses to key issues, or ◦ Role-play (limited) ◦ Create a collective document (limited) for a target audience  Polls/surveys – zoomerang.com ◦ highlight key learning points ◦ reinforce previous learning ◦ collect feedback ◦ Peer-review  Voicethread.com – have a conversation around media ◦ You can create three for free  Sliderocket.com / Brainshark – interactive PowerPoint  Animoto.com – images and music (limited features in free version)
  12. 12. Questions? Lisa Rapple, Faculty Program Director Excelsior College, Albany, NY lrapple@excelsior.edu
  13. 13. TECHNOLOGY IN ACTION GoogleDoc embedded in LMS Student comments: advantages A shared document provided a very clean, convenient interface.
  14. 14. TECHNOLOGY IN ACTION GoogleDoc embedded in LMS Student comments: disadvantages none
  15. 15. TECHNOLOGY IN ACTION Wikispaces Student comments: advantage using wiki to collaborate Everything is live and easily movable. All the work could be seen and done in one space without having to transfer data out to another document.
  16. 16. TECHNOLOGY IN ACTION Wikispaces There are less confusion, it is easy to use and don’t have to worry about any attachments. People can edit the works of others; has version tracking.
  17. 17. TECHNOLOGY IN ACTION Wikispaces Student comments: disadvantages (technical) Skill level of team members varied.
  18. 18. Wiki return
  19. 19. Blog return
  20. 20. Newsblog return
  21. 21. Web Tutorials return

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