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Cengage Webinar: Fostering online student collaboration

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From the March 14, 2013 (represented March 28, 2013) webinar with Kiala Givehand, professor at Mills College and Diablo Valley College, designed to share practical (and proven) strategies for helping your online students interact with each other in authentic collaboration. Learn innovative ways to harness technology and use it to help students build academic relationships that empower their learning process. By the end of the presentation, you will have a plethora of ideas and tools to foster online student collaboration.

Topics covered include: Free resources designed to support online collaboration; Strategies for getting students to show up and interact; Tips for fostering realistic and helpful student partnerships; Information on how a new technology solution from Cengage Learning-MindTap-can also assist with effectively fostering online student collaboration and more.

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Cengage Webinar: Fostering online student collaboration

  1. 1. Fostering Online CollaborationKiala Givehand, Ed.S.Diablo Valley College
  2. 2. Your FacilitatorKiala Givehand, Ed.S. Diablo Valley College
  3. 3. Here’s Where Were Going…• Strategies• Free resources / Tools• Tips• Examples
  4. 4. Where We Are Now• How many of you are currently using online collaboration as a part of the classroom structure? – Type “YES” in the chat.• Type in one tool that you currently use to facilitate online collaboration.
  5. 5. Online Collaboration• Team work / Team building• Peer-to-peer feedback/review• Social skills• Collective / creative / critical thinking• Non threatening space for sharing ideas
  6. 6. STRATEGIES/TIPS FOR GETTING STUDENTS TOSHOW UP AND INTERACT
  7. 7. Teacher Tasks • Minimal interaction • Guide, don’t lead • Open ended questions • Give them freedom • Establish check-ins
  8. 8. Student Responsibilities• Choice – Due Dates – Peer-to-Peer Instruction – Group evaluation
  9. 9. Choice • Due DatesGive students choices so they feelinvested in the task/activity. – Teacher guided, student selected – Give a range of options. – Hold them to their deadlines. – Teach them to conduct backward planning.
  10. 10. ChoiceGive students choices so they feelinvested in the task/activity. • Peer-to-Peer Instruction – Have students determine what skills each one can contribute to the overall project. – Allow students to share their expertise.
  11. 11. ChoiceGive students choices so they feel • Group Evaluationinvested in the task/activity. – Overall – Individual – Self
  12. 12. Group Expectations • Guide students to set realistic expectations of one another and of themselves. • Ask them to share their group expectations with you and classmates. • Hold them accountable.
  13. 13. FREE RESOURCES / TOOLS
  14. 14. ONLINE DISCUSSION• Google Groups – groups.google.com – threaded discussion board – sends to email – shared calendar – links to google docs
  15. 15. ONLINE DISCUSSION• Facebook Groups – Closed/Secret Group • Load files • Threaded discussions • Photos • Links
  16. 16. TIME FOR A POLL
  17. 17. REAL TIME COLLABORATION• Google Hangout• Skype• Join.me
  18. 18. TIME FOR A POLL
  19. 19. DOCUMENT COLLABORATION• Google Docs• Box.net• Dropbox• Evernote• VoiceThread
  20. 20. Other Technologies • mindeister.com • bubbl.us • corkboard.me • blogs
  21. 21. Collaborative Brainstorming
  22. 22. Collaborative Brainstorming
  23. 23. Collaborative Brainstorming
  24. 24. Blogs
  25. 25. EXAMPLES
  26. 26. Essay Assignments • Collaborative writing assignments. • Task driven • Communication level (HIGH) • The Writing Process
  27. 27. Peer Review • Constructive feedback • Specific elements • Built into the writing process. • Deadline driven • Accountability
  28. 28. Chapter Reviews • Checklists • Terminology • Q&A • Exercises • Summaries • Notes + Book
  29. 29. Research Assignments• Hunting & Gathering – Groups of 4 – Role Specific – Local and Regional News Sources – Presentation Component – Evaluation Component
  30. 30. Class Projects• Long term collaboration. • Examples: – Book trailers• Requires full class – Article Analysis participation. – Class Index & Glossary – Class Handbook for Future Students• Ongoing phases – Class anthology – Free Workshop• “Jigsawed” groups
  31. 31. WHERE TO BEGIN?
  32. 32. Start From Where You Are• Current assignments – Short term – Long term• Break assignments into phases.• Keep the teams small (2- 4)• Set clear guidelines and expectations.• Poll the students.
  33. 33. Once You’ve Done It• Add the collaboration tools as materials on your syllabus.• Polish your procedures.• Relinquish more control to students.• Add resources.
  34. 34. Final Thoughts• The evaluations at the end are paramount. – Self evaluation – Individual members – Group process• This is a paradigm shift for teacher and student.
  35. 35. Final Thoughts • Front loading • Assignment bank • Collaborate with other teachers • Pace yourself • Don’t let the technology get in the way of the learning.
  36. 36. How am I going to implement this?Presentation title (Edit in View > 38 Header and Footer)
  37. 37. Personal Learning Experience Presentation title (Edit in View > 39 Header and Footer)
  38. 38. Begins with textbook content App-based Linked seamlessly with useful software4 Presentation title (Edit in View > Header and Footer)0
  39. 39. Linked seamlessly with useful software!
  40. 40. increasing online engagement with & video
  41. 41. increasing online engagement with & check progress
  42. 42. increasing online engagement with collaboration
  43. 43. increasing online engagement withGoogle Drive: a cloud-based drive that allows you to host share and co-create documents
  44. 44. increasing online engagement withConnectYard: a two-way communication app that effectively embraces social media
  45. 45. increasing online engagement withEvernote: cloud-based note taking available on any device and now within MindTap
  46. 46. Access the About your Learning Path course at any time! Learning Path Personalize for an MindAppsoptimal experience!
  47. 47. Content is organizedby the instructor and easy to follow!
  48. 48. Now let’s explorethe MindTap Reader
  49. 49. Instructors can customize their text b utilizing the edit functionality! by
  50. 50. Choose the specific areaSelect yourlike to customizethat you’d content type
  51. 51. Select the itemyou’d like to add
  52. 52. Highlight the text to… • Highlight in 4 colors • Add Notes • Listen to the text • Define words Add Notes Your content appears directly within the text!
  53. 53. Now Let’s Explore Apps
  54. 54. Access all highlightsTake notes in MindTap that are and notes in one seamlessly linked with your place! account!
  55. 55. Students choose their own preferences!
  56. 56. Available for each chapter!Create your own!
  57. 57. Let’s SIMPLIFY Access!Search for a keyword, a page number oreven for words that appear in media!
  58. 58. Stay Tunedfor a live demonstration of mindtap@cengage.com Presentation title (Edit in View > 65 Header and Footer)
  59. 59. Fostering Online CollaborationKiala Givehand, Ed.S.givehand.teach@gmail.com

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