Small Group Activities in Synchronous, Online Instruction

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Small Group Activities in Synchronous, Online Instruction

  1. 1. Virtual Activewear Small Group Activities in Synchronous, Online InstructionDana Longley, Asst. Dir. for Library Instruction & Information Literacy, SUNY Empire State College
  2. 2. @HomeWorkshops: ARE: • via Elluminate • voluntaryARE NOT:• • 90 mins long• req’d (usually) • evenings• credit-bearing • hands-on• video-based class-specific • low tech/skill accessible • 1st yr-focused
  3. 3. Why Small Groups?
  4. 4. LearningObjectives
  5. 5. Motivation• Competition• Community• Pride• Fun
  6. 6. The Ideal
  7. 7. Barriers to Success• Time• Technology (for students AND teacher)• Anxiety; cognitive overload• Perceived relevance
  8. 8. Best Practices
  9. 9. Keep it Simple• Concise, clear instructions• Provide examples• One task; one L.O. Scaffolding • Icebreakers • Feedback • Time for group discussion • Build to complexity
  10. 10. Make it Tactile
  11. 11. Feedback"I was too excited over using the white board and working in a group. This was a great approach and i loved it. Good job and thanks for making learning fun!"
  12. 12. Lets Talk and team-up, too!• dana.longley@esc.edu• @disobedientlib on twitter

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