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  • Online collaborative learning oacc 2012

    1. 1. Making Groups Work: Practical Strategies for Accountability and Engagement Andrea StoneInstructional Designer/Curriculum Coordinator Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma City
    2. 2. Agenda• Why should you use group projects?• What tools should you use?• Wisdom from group project veterans
    3. 3. Why do you use (or want to use)group projects in your classes?
    4. 4. Why use group projects?• Reduce grading• Get better work• Facilitate transformative learning• Foster connections• Positive peer pressure
    5. 5. What tools should students use?• Screen Sharing – or Google Hangout• Video Chat – FaceTime or Skype or Google Hangout• Papers – Wikis or Google Docs• Presentations – Google Presentations• Creative – MixBook for Educators• Social Media – Facebook or Twitter
    6. 6. Screen Sharing
    7. 7. Video Chat
    8. 8. Papers
    9. 9. Presentations
    10. 10. Creative
    11. 11. Social Media
    12. 12. Wisdom from group project veterans:
    13. 13. Assignment Directions
    14. 14. For this project you will meet with your group and present a solution forthe case study in chapter 7. It is due onJuly 10, 2012. Work with your group to complete the project.
    15. 15. Putting Students into Groups
    16. 16. Some ideas…• Geographically (if they will meet)• Online Only or Meet Face to Face• Based on the time they are available to meet• Work style (last minute vs. work ahead)• Topic based• Major based• MBTI Type based (same or complimentary?)• Other ideas?
    17. 17. Get them talking!• Integrate group communication into your online course. – Communication tools in your LMS – Additional methods described earlier• Remind them to talk.• Provide early, low-credit opportunities to practice collaboration.
    18. 18. Track and Monitor Participation
    19. 19. Track and Monitor Participation• Check on the communication tools you have provided.• Ask to be cc’d on emails.• Use project development formats with tracking like Google Docs, Google Presentations, and Wiki’s with versioning.• Stagger deadlines to boost ongoing participation and interaction.
    20. 20. Have a Group DivorcePolicy in Place…Just in Case• Under what conditions?• By unanimous or majority?• How does the group notify the kickee and the instructor?• How are grades earned by the group and the individual?• Are there penalties for being kicked out?• Is there a deadline?
    21. 21. Group Feedback
    22. 22. Group Feedback• Allow the group to determine part of the grade• Preserve anonymity• Ask behavioral questions• Use survey tool. Example at
    23. 23. Visual Knowledge Check
    24. 24. Making Groups Work: Practical Strategies for Accountability and Engagement Andrea Stone Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma City 405.945.6798 View the presentation and related links online at