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The next of the Seven Principles is Cooperation Among Students that provides students with the opportunity to work together in groups, usually under the direction of the instructor. Discussions, collaborative learning, share writing in a wiki are all examples of technology enhancing cooperation among students.

Learning outcomes

  • participate in activities as students that require cooperation
  • assess the challenges and benefits of technology in student cooperation
  • discuss the role of group projects learning in higher education
  • use choices and surveys for group selection work on group projects, small group discussions, introduction to the wiki for collaborative writing, introduction to the Online Writing Center
  • discuss peer review process and applicability

Overview

Students often resist working in groups for fear of having their grades pulled down by the least effective member of the group. In practice, students working in groups learn more about the content area and are more engaged in the activity than working individually. In the “real world” people rarely work alone. Learning to work collaboratively in an online environment is an important life skill. … 2. Encourage cooperation among students

Explore

  • What Color is Your Brain? How do you and your students interact with others? Do you include ice-breaker activities? Do they provide useful information for discussions and online collaborations?
  • Groups – What is your experience with group projects in your classes? What is the role of group projects learning in higher education?
  • Group project experience – Have you participated in online group projects? What was your experience (and frustrations) as you participated in activities as students that require cooperation? What are some of the challenges and benefits of technology in student cooperation? Your comments can be based on previous courses – F2F or online, and your participation in this discussion.
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