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Many collaborative teaching activities are designed for use in a face-to-face (F2F) course with little consideration for adapting the same activities for an online course. Likewise, many activities are developed for online courses but are not used in the F2F classroom. This presentation provided ideas and ways to streamline your F2F and online courses.
The jigsaw collaborative teaching technique takes a topic and breaks it into multiple parts. In F2F classes, students are given one of the parts and work with other students who have the same part to become “experts.” Then, students break into “jigsaw” groups with members from the other topics and teach each other their information before answering discussion questions. This activity can be used in the online classroom by creating groups in the learning management system by splitting the class equally into their mini-topics. Discussion boards can be used within the groups to answer the same discussion questions as the F2F students. The jigsaw groups need to be larger than you would use in a F2F classroom since some online students are not actively participating.
Likewise, engaging discussion boards used in an online course can be used as homework assignments in the F2F course. The instructor can create bridges to the discussion topic in the class and reference individual student’s posts. Videos created to outline a course project in the online course can also be assigned to students as homework in the F2F course to save time in class for more interactive activities.