Working Online (Groups)


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The presentation serves as a Getting Started aid for online groupwork and looks into Online Netiquette, Ground rules, difficulties and solutions and intorducing games into teamwork.

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  • Working Online (Groups)

    1. 1. Working Online Group Work Ground rules Online netiquette Image ©
    2. 2. Getting Started : Group Work Online <ul><li>Introduce an Ice Breaker: Get comfortable online </li></ul><ul><li>Set introductions </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss pros and cons, tools, software, evaluation and assesment </li></ul><ul><li>Create teams </li></ul><ul><li>Look for similarities, diversities, random </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of Online netiquette </li></ul><ul><li>Set out Introductory activities </li></ul>Images ©
    3. 3. Common difficulties in face to face and Online Group work: <ul><li>getting all members to agree their responsibilities; </li></ul><ul><li>recognising when extra help with skills is needed; </li></ul><ul><li>bringing the project together. </li></ul><ul><li>the time taken for a discussion to reach collective agreement; </li></ul><ul><li>Members not attending meetings regularly </li></ul><ul><li>Members not contributing to discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Members not accepting their share of the workload </li></ul><ul><li>Personality clashes within the group </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulties co-ordinating meetings and finding places to meet </li></ul><ul><li>Poor time management skills </li></ul>
    4. 4. These difficulties can become even more problematic online because: <ul><li>You do not have visual clues and NVC to help you therefore misunderstandings are common place </li></ul><ul><li>The environment is usually asynchronous so you can wait a long time for feedback on a message you have posted </li></ul><ul><li>It is not always clear what your role is and what the moderator’s role is </li></ul><ul><li>Time is limited </li></ul>Images ©
    5. 5. Online Netiquette <ul><li>Respect </li></ul><ul><li>Participate actively </li></ul><ul><li>Participate positively </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on issues and solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Agree to disagree </li></ul><ul><li>Be open to being incorrect, unaware or out of date </li></ul>Images ©
    6. 6. Groundrules <ul><li>Be patient with others </li></ul><ul><li>Be tolerant </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to compromise  </li></ul><ul><li>Be punctual and considerate to group rules  </li></ul><ul><li>Be honest! </li></ul>Image ©
    7. 7. Some solutions could be: <ul><li>Discussing group responsibilities and commitments </li></ul><ul><li>Always being honest about how you’re feeling and what you’re thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Using synchronous methods of communication as well as asynchronous </li></ul><ul><li>Interact with each other, share ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Commit to extending knowledge  </li></ul><ul><li>Rotate responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Be fair in terms of the division of labour and equality </li></ul>
    8. 8. Group Activities <ul><li>Explain the nature and value of the activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Give clear instructions. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the group size small. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep groups together long enough to establish positive working relationships. </li></ul><ul><li>Allow time for team building. </li></ul><ul><li>Set up a clear, non-competitive, criterion-referenced grading scheme. </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas: </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct quick polls and invite ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Get students to debate, collaborate and reach a consensus </li></ul><ul><li>include synchronoyus intercation following a lecture or an activity </li></ul><ul><li>Include fun games </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
    9. 9. Learning should include active student involvement and interaction among students. Games are appropriate!! <ul><li>Introductions, warm-ups and ice-breaker activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Use Games that focus on: </li></ul><ul><li>team building, learner motivation, problem-solving, positive thinking, discovery, mutual awareness, communications, networking, creativity, </li></ul><ul><li>For example of Games, please refer to </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Ice breaker example: Truth and lies game </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce yourself in turn by stating your name and: </li></ul><ul><li>one true statement about yourself, and </li></ul><ul><li>one false statement about yourself </li></ul>