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    • Online Collaborative Issues By: Charlotte Cochran
      • The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn...and change.
      • Carl Rogers
    • Benefits of Collaboration (Goessl, 2011)
      • learners actively participate
      • teachers become learners at times, and learners sometimes teach
      • respect is given to every member
      • projects and questions interest and challenge students
    • Benefits of Collaboration (Goessl, 2011)
      • diversity is celebrated, and all contributions are valued
      • students learn skills for resolving conflicts when they arise
      • members draw upon their past experience and knowledge
      • goals are clearly identified and used as a guide
      • research tools such as Internet access are made available
      • students are invested in their own learning.
      Benefits of Collaboration (Goessl, 2011)
    • Obstacles to Participating Collaboratively in an Online Class
      • Bender (2003) suggests the following as barriers to participating in an online class:
          • “ students are confused by the tangled threads of the threaded discussions format” (p. 68)
          • “ student postings are excessively long and therefore create a disincentive for discussion” p. 68)
    • Bender (2003) continued
          • When there are many students in the class, the same information may be repeated numerous times and students may not have anything original left to say
          • The student may not be highly motivated to participate
          • The class or the questions are not motivating enough to elicit a response
    • Bender (2003) continued
          • Students who do not own a computer may be at a disadvantage since they may need to wait for an available computer
    • Obstacles to Participating Collaboratively in an Online Class
      • Technology issues (Goodell & Yusko, 2005)
      • Fear of criticism (Ardichvili, Page, & Wentling, 2003)
      • Inability to manage time effectively (Palloff & Pratt, 2005)
    • How to Motivate Students to Participate Collaboratively
      • Encourage online debates (Hodgkinson-Williams & Mostert, 2005)
      • Anticipate problems and address them (Bender, 2003)
      • Ask questions which promote constructive thinking (Bender, 2003)
    • How to Motivate Students to Participate Collaboratively
      • Use social networking cites such as Facebook, Twitter, or MySpace to share information (Gordon, 2008)
      • Play devil’s advocate to help students consider a different perspective (Bender, 2003)
      • Be encouraging to all students (Bender, 2003)
      • Ask students to finish a sentence. Completing a sentence can stimulate discussion (Bender, 2003)
      How to Motivate Students to Participate Collaboratively
    • How to Motivate Students to Participate Collaboratively
      • Respond promptly to questions, posts or concerns (Chamberlain & Vrasidas, 2001)
      • Ensure that rapport with the students and a positive community has been established (Palloff & Pratt, 2003)
      • Make suggestions to students on how to effectively manage their time (Varvel, 2001)
    • How to Motivate Students to Participate Collaboratively
      • Use activities which involves students (Varvel, 2001)
      • Provide personal feedback to let the student know their work is acknowledged and appreciated (Varvel, 2001)
    • How to Motivate Students to Participate Collaboratively
      • Try to contact students every week especially in the beginning of the course to encourage participation (University of Idaho, 1995)
      • Provide clear expectations (Hughes, 2004)
      • Engage students in their own learning (Conrad & Donaldson, 2004)
    • References
      • Ardichvili, A., Page, V., & Wentling, T. (2003). Motivation and barriers to participation in virtual knowledge-sharing communities of practice. Journal of Knowledge Management , 7 (1), 64-77. doi: 10.1108/13673270310463626
      • Bender, T. (2003). Discussion-based online teaching to enhance student learning . Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.
    • References
      • Chamberlain, R., & Vrasidas, C. (2001). Creating engaging online construction . Paper presented at the 17th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning, Western Illinois University.
      • Conrad, R., & Donaldson, J. (2004). Engaging the online learner . San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
    • References
      • Goessl, L. (2011). Pros and cons of using Microsoft PowerPoint presentations . Retrieved February 12, 2011, from
    • References
      • Goodell, J., & Yusko, B. (2005). Overcoming barriers to student participation in online discussions. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education , 5(1), 77-92. Retrieved from
      • Gordon, R. (2008). The five biggest barriers to online participation . Retrieved February 7, 2011, from
    • References
      • Hodgkinson-Williams, C., & Mostert, M. (2005). Online debating to encourage student participation in online learning environments: A qualitative case study at a South African university. International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology , 1 (2), 94-104. Retrieved from
      • Hughes, J.   (2004)   Supporting the online learner  
    • References
      • Palloff, R. M., & Pratt, K. (2005). Collaborating online: Learning together in community . San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
      • Palloff, R. M., & Pratt, K. (2003). The virtual student: A profile and guide to working with online learners . San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
      • University of Idaho. (1995). Strategies for teaching at a distance.  
    • References
      • Varvel, V.   (2001, March/April)   Facilitating every student in an online course