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Zedeck, M. & Balkun, M. (2010, November). Layers of Collaboration. Presented at NJEDge Annual Conference, Plainsboro, NJ.

Zedeck, M. & Balkun, M. (2010, November). Layers of Collaboration. Presented at NJEDge Annual Conference, Plainsboro, NJ.

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    • Layers of Collaboration NJEDge Annual ConferenceNovember 18, 2010
      Dr. Mary Balkun
      Mary Zedeck
      Seton Hall University
    • Project Overview
      History
      Where we were
      Goal – Spring 2010
      Foster collaboration between first-year writing classes and senior seminar students (English majors)
      Continue to explore potential of Second Life for teaching and learning
      Result
      Unanticipated multiple layers of collaboration
      Interactive virtual learning space: The Poe Crawl
    • The Challenges
      Collaboration in English classes is not common practice
      Students in one class, course to course, university to university
      • Applying critical theory/material culture
      Second Life and similar tools
      Course specific
      Student use is often limited to course work
      Generate further interest in SL for teaching and learning at SHU
    • The Layers
    • Layers 1 and 2 - Planning
      Layer 1 - Faculty to ID
      Dr. Mary Balkun – Senior Seminar
      Mary Zedeck – Instructional Designer
      Layer 2 - Faculty to Faculty + ID
      Dr. Mary Balkun – Senior Seminar (SS)
      Melinda Papaccio – College English II (CEII)
      Mary Zedeck – Instructional Designer
    • Layer 3 – Faculty to Students
      Layer 3a – Faculty to Senior Seminar Students
      Introduction to and training in SL
      Organized course to course partnerships
      Layer 3b – Faculty to College English II Students
      Overview and demonstration of SL
      Students write about SL experience and suggestions for SL project build as part of research paper proposal
      Papers sent to Senior Seminar students for feedback
    • Layer 4 – Students to Students
      CEII send paper proposals to SS Students
      SS students peer review of CEII student paper proposals
      Suggest idea for their research on Poe
      Comment on student ideas for Poe SL build
      Send papers back to College EnglishII students
    • Layer 5 – Senior Seminar
      Senior Seminar SL Project Development
      Group share of CEII ideas
      Develop project ideas based on CEII suggestions
      Students organized into teams based on project interest
    • Layer 6 - Evaluation
      Layer 6a – Closing the Loop
      CEII faculty demonstration ofSS class final Poe Crawl build in SL
      Layer 6b – Assessment
      Senior Seminar student in-class presentations of SL projects
      Review CEII evaluation
    • The Poe Crawl
      SL Poe Projects – Spring 2010
      The Black Cat
      Usher in the Madness
      Premature Burial
      Mirroring
      Alcoholism
      There Are No Accidents
    • Results
      All layers of collaboration had positive results
      Faculty-Instructional Designer
      Faculty-Faculty
      Faculty-Students
      Course-Course (SS and CEII)
      Student-Student (SS)
      Real-world audience
      Enhanced team skills
      Project-based teaching and learning
      Broader exposure to SL
    • College English II Evaluation
      “Regarding the add-ons to the Seven Gableshouse, I like all of the stories and podcasts pertaining to Poe. It makes learning about what would usually be a monotonous subject more of a fun experience.”
    • CEII Evaluation
      “I think that the Second Life build is great… With your avatar you can tour the Seton Hall Island and learn a lot of things about most early gothic writings. I think that the build helps the reader understand and grasp a clearer idea of the stories they may read. I like the gothic setting as well as the sound effects. The graphics were pretty cool. Overall, I think the students did a great job with this Second Life build. “
      “I think that the Second Life build is great… With your avatar you can tour the Seton Hall Island and learn a lot of things about most early gothic writings. I think that the build helps the reader understand and grasp a clearer idea of the stories they may read. I like the gothic setting as well as the sound effects. The graphics were pretty cool. Overall, I think the students did a great job with this Second Life build. “
    • CEII Evaluation
      “We liked the interactiveness of the graveyard.  The atmosphere of the graveyard was put together very well especially with the addition of the changing colors of the fog.  We thought that the podcasts were pretty cool but having to click on different links seemed to be a hassle.  It takes too much time to go to outside links so we believe they should all be within Second Life.  Also, we thought that there was too much reading in the notecards.”
    • Senior Seminar Evaluation
      Do you believe doing textual analysis through the Second Life project was useful for learning about the text(s)/your topic? Please explain your response.
      “Yes, Second Life provided a new environment for exposure to the primary text as well as the ability to experience the text in an environment that contributes to the overall effect.”
    • SS Evaluation
      What preconceived notions about doing a class project did you have prior to class? Have they changed at all and if so, how?
      “Class projects are generally boring, have an unevenly distributed workload, and generally have no impact after they are handed in. This was a dynamic project that was completed quite fairly, and will be around long after the close of class.”
    • SS Evaluation
      Other comments:
      “I believe working within Second Life as we did in Women and Lit in the Spring 2009 helped to learn the way in with SL is meant to be used better than the way in which we used this semester. However, I do understand time constraints. I believe that the 1202 class could have betterplanned their part of Second Life so we could have done the work in a timely manner and could all have been involved in every aspect of the project.”
    • Future Plans – Spring 2011
      Repeat SL collaboration between CEII and English majors
      Different author or theme?
      Early American Grotesque and CEII
      To achieve deeper collaboration between students and courses
      One CEII class instead of three
      Commence project earlier in the semester
      CEII students to be actively involved in SL
      In addition to prior collaboration, SS to peer review CEII research papers and provide feedback in SL
    • Q&A
      Dr. Mary Balkun
      mary.balkun@shu.edu
      Mary Zedeck
      mary.zedeck@shu.edu
      Seton Hall Pirate Island – House of 7 SLURL:
      http://slurl.com/secondlife/Seton%20Hall/163/186/30/