Learner Interaction promotes engagement, cognitive presence and retention in online courses. Research into the effectiveness 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, games, or poll questions then share with each other and the class
- Teach each other course topics through image, audio, and/or video
- Write a collaborative paper or create a poster, video or presentation as a group or with a partner
Google Drive Collaborations: Google Docs, Sheets and Slides
Office 365 Collaborations: Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- 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.
- Microsoft OneNote Class Notebook
Please suggest any other ideas and tools that promote Learner-Learner Interaction!