Online learning communities can be difficult to navigate from many different perspectives. There is the actual technological aspect that will create diverse levels of knowledge among learners. There is the time management and personal study requirements, unique to self-regulated online expectations that will be present various levels of challenge for the learner. Also, there is the relational aspect to learning that will require support from the facilitator to assist in building collaborative learning opportunities for learners.
In this week’s required learning resource, you will read an article by Palloff and Pratt to support your success in this discussion post. Palloff and Pratt (2007) state that “[t]he online environment can be a lonely place” (p. 158). I would agree. This will present challenges for assessments be they written, performance, discussions, projects, etc.. When we consider a constructivist perspective and the idea that learning is socially constructed, it is easy to see how collaborative learning opportunities provides a richer learning opportunity through peer discussions and sharing of ideas. Knowledge in a collaborative setting can be dialogic, meaning there is a shared building of knowledge. However, this does mean unique assessment responsibilities on the part of the instructional designer.
YOUR MISSION FOR THIS DISCUSSION
Consider the arguments presented by Palloff and Pratt regarding the value of collaborative learning. What theoretical from previous learning modules support their ideas? How is collaborative learning different in a F2F environment versus a distance or online line environment? What might be important for the teacher/ID to know and do vs. what the learner will need to know and do?
Also, consider the ways in which the authors explain and give examples of how to set up a collaborative learning environment. What tips do they present and how might you engage those as a designer of instruction/ facilitator of instruction/learner?
By Wednesday, once you have considered these points, write a post explaining aspects to a collaborative learning environment you either were part of (in any role) or would (or have) developed. Include aspects of the article that connect to your experience and/or plan. Why was this important to you over other aspects of ways to engage collaboration. Comment on what you feel the authors left out or did not consider. Why would these perspectives be important to consider?
By Sunday, please provide feedback to at least 2 of your peers. Create collaborative spaces for your learning as well at theirs by asking questions, presenting new resources, or build on ideas presented.
Required Learning Resource
- Book Excerpt: Palloff, R., & Pratt, K. (2007). Building online communities: Effective strategies for the virtual classroom. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
(Palloff, R., & Pratt, K., Promoting Collaborative Learning, Building Online Communities). Copyright 2007 John Wiley & Sons Inc. Used with permission from John Wiley & Sons Inc. via the Copyright Clearance Center.
Your post will be assessed using the attached rubric.
Additional Optional Resource
Video: OnSide Learning (2014, February 6). Education- collaboration [Video]. YouTube.