Collaboration At a Distance in Higher Education


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Overviews ways to collaborate using emerging e-tools and course or committee requirements

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Collaboration At a Distance in Higher Education

  1. 1. Collaborating and sharing at a distance, through virtual and web- mediated approaches Dr. Eileen O’Connor, Empire State College, State University of New York (USA) June 2012The 5th International Scientific and MethodologicalConference on "Information and CommunicationTechnologies in Linguistics, ELT and Crossculturalcommunication“ Faculty of Foreign Languages and AreaStudies of Lomonosov Moscow State University.
  2. 2. Agenda• Reasons for collaboration – educational / research underpinnings• Approaches to distance / e-mediated collaborations• eTools for collaboration – A selection of the many available tools• Examples
  3. 3. Call for Presentations (and Posters)On August 22-24, 2012, SUNY—Empire State College will be hosting a virtualconference on open education. The conference is global in scope and will beoccurring over multiple time zones; therefore, the event will be conducted inSecond Life. The modality will be a synchronous/asynchronous mode—participants can attend sessions as they occur, or session presentations willbe recorded for play back at later times. Currently, we seek individuals toparticipate in the conference.The OP*EN Virtual Conference Abstracts/summaries/battle plans or othertreatments should be emailed to by June 22nd, 2012.
  4. 4. New levels of thinking and planning• Think outside the “tradition” of the present class / course / program – What are the REAL goals for your educational endeavors? What does an “educated” person in your area look like? act like? talk like? – How could more collaboration and use of emerging e-tools facilitate the achievement of the educated person?
  5. 5. What is the value of educational collaborations? What aren’t you doing not? Creating & expanding content & Create & knowledge develop (ALL) “open”resources too
  6. 6. Ways of thinking – generating & valuingnew outcomes in classrooms & programs Implement research on learning (constructivism) Start small (part of a Value more than course)  evaluate just papers  improve Evaluate both collaborative & individual work
  7. 7. Ways of thinking – expanding scholarly & committee work Initiate a collaboration within your content area or committee Determine governance Structure store (web & maintenance; resources), scheduling, consider publication & meeting locations sharing Create criteria & evaluation for materials to be saved
  8. 8. Internet based Open to text, Free, for image, video, basic oftenAvailable to With settableother users, permissionsas an option Interactive, Easy-to-use, often sort of
  9. 9. E- bookmarking “Badging” Doc sharing initiatives (Google docs) Websites /Virtual worlds wikis Video saving (YouTube)
  10. 10.  e-bookmarking:  Capture, store, catalog, & share web links & e- resources  Save articles from e-library & collections  Share research & good websites quickly & easily
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  13. 13.  Tags can help to keep track of the content of the bookmarksShare good resources with others 
  14. 14. Google applications can really enhance collaboration – letsconsider several of these outlined below
  15. 15. GOOGLE DOC: SHARING A DOCUMENT,SPREADSHEET, POWERPOINT (PRESENTATION) Keep notes for yourself on different computers – at home & at school Share with colleagues and students  Track the revisions  Check progress & participation Make attractive materials using internet  Helpful when funding is limited  Similar to Microsoft, but less An example within a Google Site that is public 
  18. 18. Nothing new here; but very usefulDetermine who One way Establish levels communicationcan see & who of permissions & info storage can edit the website -interactivity You can review who is submitting work Ensure that all are participating – accountability & assessment
  19. 19. And who can do what – thereby setting controls & limits
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  22. 22. Upload videos – YouTube & others
  23. 23. Control the interface, and thecomments on the videos
  24. 24. Video lets you share best practice . . . &observe your students’ work too An unlisted video on a research project A public video on a project A teaching exemplar This student made a video to go along with a project on mining All are viewable except the first one; click the blue terms next to the video image
  25. 25. Create virtual spaces• More advanced in terms of setup• But can be used like a webinar too – But the context, setting, and “persistence” of these features can make virtual a good way to collaborate
  26. 26. Using / creating virtual spaces• Download and visit – visiting is free – Many good educational materials here (link to past Moscow slideshare) – Rent your own island too – but this is getting expensive• Learn how to create your own island – Available through open source – such as – However you need more tech expertise• What follows are some examples
  27. 27. Have meetings with guests &administrators, such as thismeeting the Dean
  28. 28. Use as a class meeting space – here students share their scienceprojects from across New York State
  29. 29. Embed websites & YouTubes in virtual spaces – have peer or student discussions
  30. 30. Create conferences too – in this poster sessionstudents presented science projects to “judges” (former students); they then e-voted on best using teacher-developed criteria
  31. 31. New ways appearing for peerassessment  valuing and extending learning (
  32. 32. Use badges to make web-evident learning more valuedand identifiable and to ensure quality work & governance without constant supervision
  33. 33. Have students findthe relative location of the “foreign” language country using Google Earth (free download)
  34. 34. Have students find websites related to the foreign country, culture, and language  save & share with e-bookmarking
  35. 35. Also, have students make YouTubes of thecultural background and of their speaking the language
  36. 36. Have students make a class website forsaving, sharing, & later extending their work
  37. 37. Motivate student performance & enhance learning-from-others• Have students review each others work – Ensures learning from others – Strengthens evaluate skills – Provides additional assessments & peer review – Make “good contributor” a badge-able area too• Have students suggest areas of study for future classes – Strengthen ownership – Gain insights into student learning and areas in need of improvement
  38. 38. Overview of a possible e-mediated collaboration in language education Google YouTube – YouTube – Badge – Diigo – save Maps – video of video of Class peer & share locate cultural students website – assessment language & country aspects of speaking for sharing & review & cultural with the the all projects encourage websiteslanguage language language ownership
  39. 39. Keep it Test withsimple, for Use in only part of a course or project colleagues before bringing to students starters Applyoutside the Spreadsheet as a calendar Website for cultural celebration box Have them Ask a They want to help – & often know these participate actively in making a student tools learning community Try Try Try
  40. 40. Timing / Saving Ownership /scheduling – interactions and governance – when will materials – how what will make interactions will you save the the occur? results collaboration achieved? efforts sustainable?