A. Provide tools and opportunities for students to engage in active
and collaborative learning activities.
B. Define a
clear focus or goal for the collaborative activity.
C. Define the
benefits of a collaborative activity for participants.
D. Make a flexible
action plan for the collaborative activity.
clearly how the activity will be evaluated, including measures of
the individual and group contributions to the activity.
learning can take place in various forms such as Group Work,
Guest Speakers, and Multiple Chat Rooms.
Group Work may use a synchronous chat room, asynchronous
bulletin board, and other communication tools such as email
to share information and discussing their shared work.
Guest Speakers can interact with students online at
a prearranged date and time. Students come prepared to ask
questions, get information and share experiences.
Multiple Chat Rooms allow group interactivity within
a large class, or within multiple sections of distance learning
classes if the instructor is teaching more than one section
of a course at the same time. It is possible to begin the
chat room session with all students in one chat room and then
allow them to break out into separate chat rooms if they are
working on a group project or have a group discussion question
to respond to. The instructor can drop in on the different
breakout sessions. However, it is very unproductive if a chat
discussion is not moderated. When using chat room(s), be ready
to moderate the conversation or select a student moderator
for the chat.