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  • 1. Developing Collaboration An online educator’s guide
  • 2. Getting Started
    • Effective collaboration may be one of the most challenging tasks to develop
    • Must include:
      • Planning
      • Coordination
      • Feedback
      • Reflection
  • 3. Setting the Stage
    • Effective collaboration must begin at the onset of the course
    • Begin the course with a simple introductory activity to engage the learners
    • Ensure students are familiar with the setup and functionality of the course
  • 4. Setting the Stage
    • Have the students review the course material and ask and answer one question on a discussion thread
    • Ensure your expectations and course material are clear prior to students beginning coursework
  • 5. Creating the Environment
    • Determine and identify the participation level and expectations for all synchronous or asynchronous activities at the onset of the course
    • If possible, have the class help develop “Rules for Engagement”
  • 6. Modeling the Process
    • The instructor must demonstrate good collaboration
    • Recommendation: Have the instructor complete the asynchronous activity and post to the discussion board first…allow students to comment
    • Learners should post and respond to posts
  • 7. Guide the Process
    • “ better to give some brief indication of what’s on your mind than to have students obsessed with whether your silence means disappointment or satisfaction with their efforts”
          • (as cited in Palloff & Pratt, 2005, p. 23)
    • The instructor must respond effectively to posts and provide useful feedback
    • Model this and encourage students to follow suit
  • 8. Evaluating the Process
    • Was the learning objective met?
    • What was the learner’s attitude about the activity after having completed it?
    • What was the level of active participation?
    • How can this be improved next time?
  • 9. Tips for Success
    • Model the engagement you want the learners to demonstrate
    • Understand that technical difficulties are bound to occur
    • Learner feedback is vital to future success
    • Success begins the first day of class
  • 10. Ideas for Engaging Activities
    • Discuss relevant experiences in personal introductions
    • Completing a sentence
    • Provide a Hook
      • Weirdest Gift
      • Best Vacation Spot
      • Etc.
            • (Bender, 2003, p. 48-53)
  • 11. Ideas for Engaging Activities
    • Play a game
    • Ask: What do you hope to learn from the course?
    • Short descriptive stories about themselves
    • Students interview and introduce each other
            • (Bender, 2003, p. 48-53)
  • 12. References
    • Bender, T. (2003). Discussion-based online teaching to enhance student learning . Sterling, VI: Stylus Publishing, LLC.
    • Palloff, R.M., & Pratt, K. (2005). Collaborating online . San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.