Providing A Collaborative Learning Environment For Student Teams And Corporate Partners


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This file provides information concerning how to establish a collaborative learning environment that allows online learners to work in teams on projects for corporate clients. It was used as part of his presentation at the 2009 Instructional Technology Conference.

Dr. Timothy L. Phillips
Department of Instructional Technology
Bloomsburg University

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Providing A Collaborative Learning Environment For Student Teams And Corporate Partners

  1. 2. Providing a Collaborative Learning Environment for Online Students Teams to Work with Corporate Partners Timothy L. Phillips, Ph.D. Department of Instructional Technology Bloomsburg University
  2. 3. Program Background <ul><li>Established in 1985 </li></ul><ul><li>MS in Instructional Technology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate concentration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education concentration </li></ul></ul><ul><li>eLearning Developer Certificate </li></ul>
  3. 4. Program Background <ul><li>Prepares students for instructional technology careers in: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education (k-12 and higher education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Healthcare </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Banking </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. Program Provides <ul><li>Instructional Design Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Development Skills </li></ul><ul><li>eLearning Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Team building skills </li></ul><ul><li>Business / Project Management Skills </li></ul>
  5. 6. Advanced Instructional Design <ul><li>Service-based learning course to meet needs of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructional technology students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clients </li></ul></ul><ul><li>First offered on campus 1993 </li></ul><ul><li>First offered online in 2002 </li></ul>
  6. 7. Advanced Instructional Design <ul><li>Team-based with four to five students per team </li></ul><ul><li>Students complete all aspects of the instructional design process and deliver instructional technology solution </li></ul>
  7. 8. Student Benefits <ul><li>Develop an instructional technology solution for a client </li></ul><ul><li>Gain experience working with clients </li></ul><ul><li>Gain experience working on a team </li></ul><ul><li>Develop communication skills </li></ul><ul><li>Develop and project management skills </li></ul>
  8. 9. Client Benefits <ul><li>Receive an instructional technology solution that meets their learning needs </li></ul><ul><li>Expand knowledge of the instructional technology process </li></ul><ul><li>Expand knowledge of new instructional technology tools (hardware/software) </li></ul>
  9. 10. “ Real World” Projects <ul><li>Each team selects a client from a list of projects provided by the instructor </li></ul><ul><li>Clients are recruited from: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Healthcare </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Banking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education (k-12 and higher education) </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. Team Profile <ul><li>Students are placed on teams based upon a skills survey </li></ul><ul><li>Skill areas used in placement are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructional Design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multimedia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Authoring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project management </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Team Responsibilities to Client <ul><li>Regular communications and meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Provide time for approval and sign off on all aspects of the project </li></ul><ul><li>Delivery of a complete instructional technology solution </li></ul>
  12. 13. Student Responsibilities to Team <ul><li>Provide leadership in areas of expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Provide support in all portions of the project </li></ul><ul><li>Attend and participate in all team meetings </li></ul>
  13. 14. Project Milestones <ul><li>Timeline </li></ul><ul><li>Needs Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Content Outline </li></ul><ul><li>Task Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment Items </li></ul><ul><li>Instruction Strategies </li></ul>
  14. 15. Project Milestones <ul><li>Storyboards </li></ul><ul><li>Flowcharts </li></ul><ul><li>Prototype </li></ul><ul><li>Formative Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Delivery of finished product </li></ul>
  15. 16. Online Course Challenges <ul><li>Provide an interactive learning environment for class meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Provide an interactive environment for the student teams </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a collaborative learning environment for team/client interactions </li></ul><ul><li>Provide strategies for meeting with individual students </li></ul>
  16. 17. Interactive Class Meetings <ul><li>Weekly synchronous class meetings using Centra </li></ul><ul><li>Classes in evening to meet the needs of learners </li></ul><ul><li>Classes normally 2 ½ hours in length </li></ul><ul><li>Documents and PowerPoint files posted for students in Blackboard </li></ul>
  17. 18. Centra Provides <ul><li>High level of interactivity for instructor and students </li></ul><ul><li>Real time audio for both instructor and students </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to present using PowerPoint, whiteboard, and application sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Texting capability </li></ul><ul><li>Class recording/publishing capability </li></ul>
  18. 19. Instructor – Team Meetings <ul><li>Conducted using Centra </li></ul><ul><li>Weekly meetings at a scheduled time </li></ul><ul><ul><li>20 minutes to one hour </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Open-ended discussions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructional design/class questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Progress on the project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Client issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Team issues </li></ul></ul>
  19. 20. Team –Client Interactions <ul><li>Centra sessions - primary tool </li></ul><ul><li>Conference calls - initial contact and short meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Onsite meetings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>needs analysis phase </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>formative evaluation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>one team member located near client </li></ul></ul><ul><li>email </li></ul>
  20. 21. Team Interactions <ul><li>Centra- primary tool </li></ul><ul><ul><li>teams have Centra accounts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blackboard </li></ul><ul><ul><li>document sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><ul><li>communication and document sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>phone </li></ul>
  21. 22. Individual Interactions <ul><li>Opportunity to discuss </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Instructional design questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>client issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>team issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>student issues </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>email – primary tool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>phone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Centra </li></ul></ul>
  22. 23. Sample List of Clients <ul><li>Geisinger School of Radiologic Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Cherokee Pharmaceuticals </li></ul><ul><li>Jersey Shore State Bank </li></ul><ul><li>Bloomsburg Hospital </li></ul><ul><li>Central Columbia School District </li></ul><ul><li>Reiter Automotive </li></ul>
  23. 24. Conclusion <ul><li>Online class offered once per year </li></ul><ul><li>average enrollment 20 students </li></ul><ul><li>Positive student feedback </li></ul><ul><li>To date approximately 25 projects produced by online teams </li></ul>
  24. 25. Questions?