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Norms of Online Global Collaboration


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Eight Norms of Online Global Collaboration to support global collaborative educators and students.

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  • After reading this article I realised how important it is to prepared to be part of an online global project. It is so important for secondary teachers to assess the current situation and constraints within a school timetable. The learning curve for both teachers and students who are involved in a project like this is huge. However, we need to be prepared as the article states.
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Norms of Online Global Collaboration

  1. 1. Educators who participate in online global collaboration need support and help understanding how to build engaging and successful relationships with others at a distance so that the deeper global learning is realised. The ‘Norms of Global Collaboration’ are typical or usual behaviours and actions to be practiced in synchronous and asynchronous modes when collaborating globally. Following these eight norms will likely ensure successful collaboration. 1. Prepared This first norm is one of the most important. So many potentially excellent global collaborations fail because educators are not prepared, largely because they do not know what to prepare for. Connect  Use your PLN and PLCs to find like-minded partners for global collaboration  Determine what common tools you will use to connect and collaborate  Test all tools beforehand to make sure you have access at school (and at home as needed). This may the first time you use online collaborative tools to connect your students beyond the classroom therefore choosing and testing is most important.  Workout time zone differences and what is possible synchronously as well as preparing for asynchronous connections Communicate  Work out how teachers will communicate during the collaboration and test this well before students come together  Decide what communication activities will take place between teachers and then between students - synchronous meetups? asynchronous sharing?  Work out student communication protocols and make sure all participants agree on these  Determine the expectations for communication during the collaboration - every day? every week? students? teachers?  Agree on the READ, RECEIVE and RESPOND systems and protocols for all participants  Collect holiday and out of school information from each participating school so everyone knows when there may be no responses coming 2. Purpose Every connection, communication and eventual collaboration must have a purpose. Planning is the key to success! Typical purposes include:  Cultural exchange  Inquiry and exploration into a topic(s)  Global project - short or longer - curriculum-based  Shared outcomes - student summit  Artefact exchange and/or co-creation 3. Paraphrase The norm ‘paraphrasing’ is about fostering clear communication skills for intercultural understanding.  Use clear, global language at all times  Use alternative language for better understanding  Do not expect colloquial sayings and local phrases to be understood without explanation  Question actively for intercultural understanding Norms of Online Global Collaboration ©Julie Lindsay @julielindsay
  2. 2. 4. Perceive True perception or understanding takes astute communication.  Make sure you understand the parameters of the global collaboration  Be comfortable asking for help to keep on track  Share knowledge and understanding in order to propel the learning 5. Participate Make sure all members of the collaboration understand how and where to contribute and what the expectation is for doing this reliably.  Be visible online during the collaboration  Be a reliable and regular contributor  Respond to others in a timely and constructive manner 6. Positive Positive intentions are assumed at all times. The goal is for the collaboration to be constructive in an educational context.  Encourage a positive and constructive approach at all times  Share global digital citizenship best practices  Build empathy amongst learners  Celebrate achievements along the way 7. Productive A well-designed online global collaboration is about flattened learning and creating something to share or co-creating artefacts between students and classrooms.  Collaborate and share information and ideas  Create outcomes to share and encourage responses  Make outcomes visible to the outside world  Encourage students to compare, contrast, reflect  Aim to build knowledge together and co-create artefacts 8. Potential Serendipitous learning happens when you least expect it. This final norm is about being aware of and fostering these unintended learning opportunities whenever and wherever they happen during the global collaboration. It may be that some plans are altered on the run, it may be that outcomes are tweaked or it may be that connections and working time is extended in order to fully maximise the learning.  Be prepared for new experiences and unintended learning outcomes  Be flexible and deviate from the plan  Realise the potential of individual learners as they connect globally Make sure you are able to realise the ... Potential Make sure you are able to be... Productive Make sure you are... Positive Make sure you are able to... Participate Make sure you are able to... Perceive Make sure you are able to... Paraphrase Make sure you have a... Purpose Make sure you are... Prepared ©Julie Lindsay | @julielindsay | | | Last updated June 2015