Optional Activities for Interaction & Collaboration

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    Use one or more of these optional assignments to apply what you've learned to your own course. Complete the assignment on your own. Share your work with a colleague informally or through a Peer Review. Or, ask for feedback through the discussion forums in this course. Consider also providing useful constructive feedback to others; it is a great way to solidify your own understanding of these concepts.

    You might also find the content of these assignments useful to bring concrete ideas and questions to the your peers or the course facilitators. And the collaboration doesn't end there-- continue these discussions with the colleagues at your institution and in your broader peer groups.


    Activity 1: Communication Strategies

    • Rubric criteria:
      • There are plentiful opportunities for synchronous and/or asynchronous interaction, as appropriate
      • Asynchronous communication strategies promote critical reflection or other higher order thinking aligned with learning objectives
      • Synchronous communication activities benefit from real-time interactions and facilitate “rapid response” communication (i.e., students gain practice discussing course content extemporaneously without looking up basic, declarative information)Write a starter post for a discussion forum or other interactive tool that initiates communication among learners and promotes critical thinking.
    • Assignment:
      • Read "Introduction to Crafting Questions for On-line Discussions" from the Penn State Learning Design Community Hub.
      • Write a starter post for a discussion forum or other interactive tool that initiates communication among learners and promotes critical thinking.
      • Tip:  Think about what types of critical thinking are important to the goals of your course.
    • Example:


    Activity 2: Development of a Learning Community

    • Rubric criteria:
      • Communication activities are designed to help build a sense of community among learners
      • Student-to-student interactions are required as part of the course. Students are encouraged to initiate communication with the instructor
      • Collaboration activities (if included) reinforce course content and learning outcomes, while building workplace-useful skills such as teamwork, cooperation, negotiation, and consensus-building
      • Write a short description of how a Web 2.0 tool will be used in your course.
    • Assignment:
    • Example:
      • Review the Web 2.0 tool use in this Exemplary Course Program winning course: Modesto Junior College, Michael Smedshammer, English 101


    Activity 3:Interaction Logistics


    Activity 4: Rubric Review
    1. Read the Interaction and Collaboration section of the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Rubric.
    2. Use the rubric to review the interaction and collaboration in your own course. Take notes and give yourself feedback in the Reviewer Form - Collaboration    https://openeducation.blackboard.com/webapps/blackboard/content/listContentEditable.jsp?content_id=_25882_1&course_id=_485_1#contextMenu    
    3. Optionally, ask a colleague or a Reviewer in your ECP MOOC group to review the interaction and collaboration in your course and provide feedback. If you need help turning on guest access for your course, see the On Demand Learning Center video. Note that you can choose which areas of your course to make guest accessible, but interactive tools and student information are never exposed to guests. Therefore for this type of review, you may need to create screenshots and/or provide descriptions of interaction in your course. For privacy reasons, you should not provide materials to guests that expose student names or IDs.