Time flies

Last week we handed in Topic 4, Design for online and blended learning.

My group did choose to focus on community building and how to get the students engaged in group work. One of our group members came up with an interesting article on community building: https://ctl.columbia.edu/resources-and-technology/teaching-with-technology/teaching-online/community-building/

From this article we got a lot of ideas to explore. To be able to finish in time we did work in pairs on a topic from the article. I found the “social ice breakers” to be quite interesting. Especially since the main source to student frustrations in group work tends to be frustration in commitment inbalance (Capdeferro et al, 2012)

When investigating this I did find out a lot of examples how how you can do this. Some that I already was familiar with and some not. These ice breakers are most often used in the beginning of a course but in the article it is also mentioned that to get the group members to get to know each other better the ice breakers should be used continues throughout the courses (programs) since groups tend to work better if the know each other.

This time we decided to use jamboard to present our work, you can fins it here: https://jamboard.google.com/d/1GNEt6HUN_uPH9hjaP6-ehbuouYzqbDn1YR03vhW3Ba8/viewer?f=1

References:

Capdeferro, N. & Romero, M. (2012). Are online learners frustrated with collaborative learning experiences?. The International review of research in open and distance learning, 13(2), 26-44.

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3 Comments

  1. lazafoto

    The “social ice breakers” seem interesting and fun to experiment. Did you try this out in class? If yes, how did it go? I am considering experimenting it as well.

  2. Lazarus Fotoh

    The “social ice breakers” seem interesting and fun to experiment. Did you try this out in class? If yes, how did it go? I am considering experimenting it as well.

  3. Helene

    Hi,

    Thanks for sharing the article. I found the meta-cognitive activities very useful!

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