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Group collaboration and building of consensus

Hello,

I am developing a group online discussion where learners have to collaborate and come to consensus in the preparation on their final report. I am now researching ideas on how to provide guidelines for the building on consensus activity. In our design, learners will work in groups of 4 to answer 2 questions. The activity last for 2 weeks (1 week for each question).

First, individual learner must come up with their draft. Then by midweek, they will post their individual draft for others to comment. Then individually, each will choose a draft that they they think is the 'best'. They need to provide rationale for their choice. The 'best' at this stage is not final. In the feedback and rationale, they will also comment on how to improve on their choice so the ;best' draft could be improve. They cannot choose their draft.

Once this is done, there will definitely be some disagreements. This is where we want them to build consensus. One way is to identify the diverging points and try to close the gap(s) or at least mitigate.  This is where I am seeking advises if anyone has done this kind of activity before and utilise the affordances of Canvas.

Any helps pls? Thank you.

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Instructure
Instructure

Hi there, wanfareed!

This is a fabulous question about a specific use case! That's one reason why I love the Community!

My first inclination is to use the Groups tool (view the Groups Guides), however I'm not sure to what extent this would work for you. I'm going to copy the https://community.canvaslms.com/groups/higher-ed?sr=search&searchId=68de4106-b6d3-4636-8c85-1146dc30...‌ group to see if they have any additional input for you. Hopefully the extra sets of eyes will provide some traction for you!

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Thanks kenneth.rogers@instructure.com‌. Yes, I also thought of the Groups tool which allow learners to share resources and discuss both synchronous and asynchronous via the appropriate tools. The literature said that its best to suggest tools for specific activities. I am looking forward to know if anyone has done this before.

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Community Coach
Community Coach

Hello wanfareed...

I have been reviewing older questions here in the Canvas Community, and I stumbled upon your question.  I wanted to check in with you because I noticed that there hasn't been any new activity in this topic since your reply on February 11, 2018.  We you able to successfully utilize Groups in your course to accomplish what you wanted?  Are you still looking for some help from Community members in any way?  If you feel that the suggestion kenneth.rogers@instructure.com provided in February meets your needs, please feel free to mark his response as "Correct".  However, if you are still looking for some help from Community members, please let us know by posting an update below.  For now, I am going to mark your question as "Assumed Answered" because there hasn't been much activity in this topic for almost four months, but that won't prevent you or others from posting additional questions and/or comments below that are related to this topic.  I hope that's alright with you, Wan.  Looking forward to hearing back from you soon.

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Thank you. Yes, this can be closed.