Facilitating Student Collaboration


      Mathieu Plourde, Instructional Designer
                 IT-User Services
A Quick Poll
1. Do you currently use Sakai@UD?
      •     Yes.
      •     No.


2. Do you use collaborative activities w...
About Collaboration…
• What is your definition of Collaboration?




1/14/2008         Facilitating Student Collaboration ...
Some Definitions
     The process by which
                                             Tools (collaborative authoring, vi...
Why Make Students Collaborate?
                PRO                                         CON




1/14/2008              ...
Why Make Students Collaborate?
                  PRO                                                 CON
• Teamwork is a s...
What’s In It For Me?
• As an Instructor…
       • Reduce Grading Workload
       • Student-Generated Learning Content
    ...
Collaborative Tasks and Projects
                          Writing a Collective
                           Letter/Position...
Fostering Good Behaviors
•    Define and set up collaboration spaces
•    Make your projects relevant                SET
•...
To Grade or Not to Grade?




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Collaboration in Sakai
•    Wiki
•    Defining Groups
•    Resources
•    Forums
•    Chat
•    Blogs


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A Quick Poll
1. How many of you have used a wiki?
      •     I have used a wiki in the past.
      •     I have never use...
A Web Page


                                                           Audience

            Author     Web Page         ...
A Wiki Page
                               Author/
                               Audience




             Author/       ...
A Wiki Demonstration Video




            http://www.articulate.com/community/blogdemo/web2/engage.html


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Using the Wiki Markup Language
            HTML     Wiki Markup                              Final Output
       <b>Bold</...
Wiki Gardening
• By nature, a wiki is messy.
• Usability issues may occur.




1/14/2008           Facilitating Student Co...
Some Recommendations
•    Instructional Strategy
•    Define Control and Ownership
•    Define Individual and Group Work
•...
Some Examples and Job Aids on Wikis
• My Wiki Report web page:
       • http://udel.edu/~mathieu/wiki/
       • Faculty ex...
Setting up Groups in Sakai




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Group Folder in Resources




1/14/2008           Facilitating Student Collaboration   21
Groups in Forums




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Synchronous Collaboration in Chat

• All rooms are always visible
  to everyone
• The Chat tool keeps an
  archive




1/1...
Blogs
• Collaboration is not the main purpose of a blog




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Discussion
• Describe ONE activity that could be modified or created
  in ONE of your courses to involve more student
  co...
Thank You!
• Questions, Comments?

• Mathieu Plourde
  Project Leader, LMS – IT-User Services
  mathieu@udel.edu
  # 4060
...
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1-14-2009 Fostering Student Collaboration

  1. 1. Facilitating Student Collaboration Mathieu Plourde, Instructional Designer IT-User Services
  2. 2. A Quick Poll 1. Do you currently use Sakai@UD? • Yes. • No. 2. Do you use collaborative activities with your students? • Yes. • No. 1/14/2008 Facilitating Student Collaboration 2
  3. 3. About Collaboration… • What is your definition of Collaboration? 1/14/2008 Facilitating Student Collaboration 3
  4. 4. Some Definitions The process by which Tools (collaborative authoring, video people/organizations work conferencing, shared whiteboards, etc.) that together to accomplish a allow multiple users to work on the same common mission. (1) content in a common environment. (4) Active participation between two or more people to achieve a common goal such as co- authoring literature. (2) A recursive process where two or more people or organizations work together Working with other people during the toward an intersection of common goals writing process, whether it is — for example, an intellectual endeavor generating ideas, identifying a main that is creative in nature—by sharing idea to pursue, or suggesting possible knowledge, learning and building approaches and ways of organizing; consensus. (5) often helpful to discover new perspectives. (3) 1/14/2008 Facilitating Student Collaboration 4
  5. 5. Why Make Students Collaborate? PRO CON 1/14/2008 Facilitating Student Collaboration 5
  6. 6. Why Make Students Collaborate? PRO CON • Teamwork is a skill that must be • More police work developed by students • Dealing with slackers • To stimulate innovation • Individual contributions are hard to • Groups tend to self-correct (virtuous attribute and grade circle) • Patchworks are not collaborative • Peer expectation and accountability • Sets a pace 1/14/2008 Facilitating Student Collaboration 6
  7. 7. What’s In It For Me? • As an Instructor… • Reduce Grading Workload • Student-Generated Learning Content • Should be a Win-Win Situation 1/14/2008 Facilitating Student Collaboration 7
  8. 8. Collaborative Tasks and Projects Writing a Collective Letter/Position/ Make Lists Statement/Web Content Group Portfolio Meeting Brainstorming Support Group Projects Collaborative Collection of Notebook Links Storytelling 1/14/2008 Facilitating Student Collaboration 8
  9. 9. Fostering Good Behaviors • Define and set up collaboration spaces • Make your projects relevant SET • Require higher level thinking EXPECTATIONS • Assess often, chunk your assignments • Assess the outcome, not the details • Construct a charter • Reward initiatives • Give students an individual voice too 1/14/2008 Facilitating Student Collaboration 9
  10. 10. To Grade or Not to Grade? 1/14/2008 Facilitating Student Collaboration 10
  11. 11. Collaboration in Sakai • Wiki • Defining Groups • Resources • Forums • Chat • Blogs 1/14/2008 Facilitating Student Collaboration 11
  12. 12. A Quick Poll 1. How many of you have used a wiki? • I have used a wiki in the past. • I have never used a wiki. 2. How many of you have used a wiki with your students? • I have used a wiki with my students. • I never used a wiki with my students. 1/14/2008 Facilitating Student Collaboration 12
  13. 13. A Web Page Audience Author Web Page Audience Audience Reference: Grenier (2007) 1/14/2008 Facilitating Student Collaboration 13
  14. 14. A Wiki Page Author/ Audience Author/ Web Author/ Audience Page Audience Author/ Audience Reference: Grenier (2007) 1/14/2008 Facilitating Student Collaboration 14
  15. 15. A Wiki Demonstration Video http://www.articulate.com/community/blogdemo/web2/engage.html 1/14/2008 Facilitating Student Collaboration 15
  16. 16. Using the Wiki Markup Language HTML Wiki Markup Final Output <b>Bold</b> __Bold__ Bold <ul> * Item 1 • Item 1 <li>Item 1</li> * Item 2 <li>Item 2</li> • Item 2 </ul> Wiki Markup Language is a Simplified HTML 1/14/2008 Facilitating Student Collaboration 16
  17. 17. Wiki Gardening • By nature, a wiki is messy. • Usability issues may occur. 1/14/2008 Facilitating Student Collaboration 17
  18. 18. Some Recommendations • Instructional Strategy • Define Control and Ownership • Define Individual and Group Work • Use Templates • Get Familiar with the Markup Language • Use a Wiki Charter • A Wiki is Not the End • Define Your Grading Strategy 1/14/2008 Facilitating Student Collaboration 18
  19. 19. Some Examples and Job Aids on Wikis • My Wiki Report web page: • http://udel.edu/~mathieu/wiki/ • Faculty experiences • Job aids • The STOLEN Principle • http://www.a6training.co.uk/resources_Social_Software.php 1/14/2008 Facilitating Student Collaboration 19
  20. 20. Setting up Groups in Sakai 1/14/2008 Facilitating Student Collaboration 20
  21. 21. Group Folder in Resources 1/14/2008 Facilitating Student Collaboration 21
  22. 22. Groups in Forums 1/14/2008 Facilitating Student Collaboration 22
  23. 23. Synchronous Collaboration in Chat • All rooms are always visible to everyone • The Chat tool keeps an archive 1/14/2008 Facilitating Student Collaboration 23
  24. 24. Blogs • Collaboration is not the main purpose of a blog 1/14/2008 Facilitating Student Collaboration 24
  25. 25. Discussion • Describe ONE activity that could be modified or created in ONE of your courses to involve more student collaboration. 1/14/2008 Facilitating Student Collaboration 25
  26. 26. Thank You! • Questions, Comments? • Mathieu Plourde Project Leader, LMS – IT-User Services mathieu@udel.edu # 4060 1/14/2008 Facilitating Student Collaboration 26

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