Collaboration is a very powerful tool for learning. Students must not only understand concepts but be able to communicate them, negotiate, assess and reassess their point of view, and come to a shared agreement or understanding.
This section covers group projects and presentations, collaborative pedagogies, discussion, and collaborative tools such as wikis and discussion boards.
Please read this guidance if you are planning on using group work for summative assessment.
Tips for helping students use Microsoft Teams for group work and research projects.
Create groups in your Blackboard course for facilitating group work, providing different materials to different students, or for administrative purposes.
Use shared documents in breakout rooms for students to record the results of collaborative activities.
The LIU’s guide to participating in webinars for students.
Get students working together in your online sessions by using breakout groups.
When you first use discussion boards with your students, it is a good idea to give them some guidance around the etiquette of using these.
Piazza is a Q&A and discussion platform designed to simulate real class discussion. It aims to get high quality answers to difficult questions, fast.
Students can work together and demonstrate their knowledge through creating a wiki.
Blogging can help students reflect, collaborate and develop a community.
In the first semester of 2014/15 I worked with a FET lecturer in Geography and Environmental Management, Sara-Jayne Williams, who teaches on a module called Society, Youth & Ageing. Together we developed a plan whereby students would blog about the subject matter and share their blogs with each other in order to construct subject knowledge as a class.
A case study explaining the advantages and disadvantages of using wikis for student collaboration.
A discussion of two ways of facilitating student-created content.