This is a great article because it is not just about using technology but developing the skills of technology, the language of technology, and the ability to operate in a digital exchange.
This is the first article in a three-part series featuring strategies and skill development for instructors wanting to create, facilitate and encourage collaboration among students working in groups. The strategies discussed in this series are specific to closed, small, online, for-credit courses, though the principles discussed regarding student needs’ and barriers to group work online are universal to almost all formats of online learning experiences.
“Successful group processes include the ability to problem-solve, work effectively with others, communicate orally and in writing, and manage resources including time and responsibility to project outcomes. Implementation of group work in online classrooms may be stymied by faculty members who struggle with effective implementation of group work…” Facilitation of Online Group Projects: Insights from Experienced Faculty Members (2012)
This series is in response to the need that exists for professional development for online instructors, specifically for the skills…
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