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Developing Collaboration - OlsonJELT7008-4

  1. 1. Developing Collaboration An online educator’s guide
  2. 2. Getting Started <ul><li>Effective collaboration may be one of the most challenging tasks to develop </li></ul><ul><li>Must include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coordination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feedback </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflection </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Setting the Stage <ul><li>Effective collaboration must begin at the onset of the course </li></ul><ul><li>Begin the course with a simple introductory activity to engage the learners </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure students are familiar with the setup and functionality of the course </li></ul>
  4. 4. Setting the Stage <ul><li>Have the students review the course material and ask and answer one question on a discussion thread </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure your expectations and course material are clear prior to students beginning coursework </li></ul>
  5. 5. Creating the Environment <ul><li>Determine and identify the participation level and expectations for all synchronous or asynchronous activities at the onset of the course </li></ul><ul><li>If possible, have the class help develop “Rules for Engagement” </li></ul>
  6. 6. Modeling the Process <ul><li>The instructor must demonstrate good collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendation: Have the instructor complete the asynchronous activity and post to the discussion board first…allow students to comment </li></ul><ul><li>Learners should post and respond to posts </li></ul>
  7. 7. Guide the Process <ul><li>“ better to give some brief indication of what’s on your mind than to have students obsessed with whether your silence means disappointment or satisfaction with their efforts” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(as cited in Palloff & Pratt, 2005, p. 23) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>The instructor must respond effectively to posts and provide useful feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Model this and encourage students to follow suit </li></ul>
  8. 8. Evaluating the Process <ul><li>Was the learning objective met? </li></ul><ul><li>What was the learner’s attitude about the activity after having completed it? </li></ul><ul><li>What was the level of active participation? </li></ul><ul><li>How can this be improved next time? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Tips for Success <ul><li>Model the engagement you want the learners to demonstrate </li></ul><ul><li>Understand that technical difficulties are bound to occur </li></ul><ul><li>Learner feedback is vital to future success </li></ul><ul><li>Success begins the first day of class </li></ul>
  10. 10. Ideas for Engaging Activities <ul><li>Discuss relevant experiences in personal introductions </li></ul><ul><li>Completing a sentence </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a Hook </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Weirdest Gift </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Best Vacation Spot </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(Bender, 2003, p. 48-53) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Ideas for Engaging Activities <ul><li>Play a game </li></ul><ul><li>Ask: What do you hope to learn from the course? </li></ul><ul><li>Short descriptive stories about themselves </li></ul><ul><li>Students interview and introduce each other </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(Bender, 2003, p. 48-53) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. References <ul><li>Bender, T. (2003). Discussion-based online teaching to enhance student learning . Sterling, VI: Stylus Publishing, LLC. </li></ul><ul><li>Palloff, R.M., & Pratt, K. (2005). Collaborating online . San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. </li></ul>