Learner Interaction promotes engagement, cognitive presence and retention in online courses. Research into the effectives of interaction with classmates is described on pages 13-14 of Learning Effectiveness Online: What the Research Tells Us. Out of the three types of interaction (learner-content, learner-learner, and learner-instructor), we find that learner-learner interaction usually requires the most focus when redesigning on-ground courses for the online learning environment. Interaction between students that occurs naturally in on-ground courses takes planning and design in the online environment.
Ideas for Learner-Learner Interaction
- Brainstorm ideas together rather than individually
- Create concept maps together as they learn new topics throughout the course
- Review each other's work and provide ideas
- Locate examples of course topics (articles, websites, images, videos) as a team or with a group and share them with the class
- Create study guides, flash cards, or poll questions then share with each other and the class
- Teach each other course topics through images, audio or a video.
- Write a collaborative paper or create a poster, video or presentation as a group or with a partner
- Create collaborative, visual assignments that achieve the same learning objectives as quizzes but are created with a peer or in a group
Canvas Collaboration Tools & Features that we suggest to instructors as they design for learner-learner interaction
- Chat (Links to an external site.)
- Collaborations (Links to an external site.)
- Conferences (Links to an external site.)
- Groups (Student Teams) (Links to an external site.)
- Peer Review Assignment
- Peer Review Discussion
Third-Party Collaborative applications that will embed within Canvas
- Third-party apps that will embed on a Canvas page include Padlet and Coggle.
- Eduappcenter.com (Links to an external site.) includes free apps, such as an app to embed a Twitter Feed.
- Embed widgets from social media sites. Laura Gibbs provides examples and instructions: How to Use Twitter Widgets (not the Twitter App) in Canvas. Embedding the Twitter widget allows students to share images and videos.
Please suggest any other ideas and tools that promote Learner-Learner Interaction!