Last week I was asked how to create Collaborative communities for students working in an online only classroom. I brainstormed a few ideas.
- This is hard to just create! And 10 time harder online than face to face.
- Start out with a clear expectation that students have to participate and work together – they are in their final years of school and need to start to be able to work together for employment and further education.
- Set clear norms and ways of interacting online.
- Start with some low stakes activities, "get to know you icebreakers" or watch a fun youtube and discuss etc.
- Make the interactions and activities real - the collaboration has to be a real activity….
- Set up some group activity and have the students present/contribute on topics on a regular basis. Teach the rest of the class.
- Use discussions as a scavenger hunt platform – that might be a fun thing to do – groups of students collaborate to amass the “items” then make 1 post with all the items in it. (could be related to course work – find real examples of....
- Use peer review on assignments and have this as an expectation everyone has to – teach them about how to give constructive feedback though!!
- Set some assignments that are group submissions – students can rate their personal contribution.
- Set up some group spaces they can edit and contribute to as study areas they work in – you can set this up as self select groups or you can assign them.
- Students could set up their own discussion spaces (a bit like their own facebook!)
- Let them edit some pages – assign 2 or 3 to make an info page on a topic for all students to use- give them edit access and assess it. You can see page history if anyone mucks up!
- Use video feedback.
- Use the conferences in Canvas for informal get togethers/ study groups (Recordings only last 2 weeks) – maybe a “cookies and chat” study time – bring your own cookies!
- Use collaborations Office 365 or GoogleDocs
- Be on top of this and encourage and keep track of who is doing what
- Start small!
Any other ideas or comments??