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Four collaborative learning techniques


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Four techniques using Blackboard to support collaborative learning.

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Four collaborative learning techniques

  1. 1. Four Collaborative Learning Techniques using Blackboard<br />David Vance<br />
  2. 2. Reading Response Blogsfor Groups<br />Assign reading, give study questions.<br />In Blackboard, make groups. Three to five students, specify one as “leader.”<br />Create blogs for groups. Leaders take ownership, blog on reading, respond to questions.<br />Other group members respond with questions, corrections, additions.<br />Rotate leadership on subsequent readings so every student gets to be a “leader.” <br />
  3. 3. Issue Debate<br />Schedule debate as an in-class event. <br />Before debate, create blog for debaters<br /><ul><li>Ask for audio of position statements
  4. 4. Ask for copies of supporting documents</li></ul>After debate, debaters post debriefs <br />Create class-wide discussion board for class assessment of debate. <br />
  5. 5. Test Debriefing Discussion Board<br />After a test…. Open a discussion board with one thread per test question. Invite discussion of questions and of answers. <br />Students discussing questions can learn from each other, especially if test questions are likely to recur.<br />Defects in questions are more likely to become clear in discussion.<br />
  6. 6. Expert forum<br />Designate one or two students as “experts” on a question or issue.<br />Create a wiki as a forum for the experts. <br />Experts post audio recordings about content.<br />E.g., see “Stuff you missed in history class” with Katie and Sarah.<br />Experts post relevant documents and links. <br />Other students post written questions. <br />Experts post audio responses.<br />Harvest questions for exams. <br />