Fostering collaboration online and creating online opportunities for student engagement is a continual challenge for faculty and instructional designers who develop online courses in higher education. This presentation highlights two use cases at John Jay College of Criminal Justice where collaboration tools and experiential learning activities helped to create an online community of learners that fostered student engagement. In a Master’s level Crime Mapping course, VoiceThread’s Blackboard LTI was used to foster group collaboration and presentation skills. Similarly, in a Master’s level Capital and Operational Budgeting course, engaging team and group activities using real-world case data modeled professional scenarios the students needed to master, and provided opportunities for the development of critical competencies.
Judith Cahn, Director of John Jay Online, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
Holly Davenport, Associate Director of Instructional Design, John Jay Online, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
Alyson Vogel, Associate Director of Program Development and Technological Innovation John Jay Online, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY