Presenter: Nancy Fox
A) Collaborative Exercise
I. Attendees will be placed into six groups.
II. Each group will perform the following tasks:
- Define collaboration based upon each group member’s prior knowledge.
- List the purpose or usefulness of collaboration.
- List the benefits of collaboration.
- List the concerns instructors have about collaborative assignments.
- Determine whether or not collaboration is worth the efforts involved.
III. All of the group information will be collated into a word file.
IV. As a class, the best responses will be chosen and recorded in a word file.
B) Current Research and Ideas for the Classroom
I. We will compare our collaborative word file to what current research reveals.
- Total value
II. Collaboration in today’s academic environment
- Quality Enhancement Program (QEP)
- High Impact Practices in the classroom
- Higher Order of Thinking Assignments
- NCTE writing guidelines
- Teacher load – grading and lessons plans
III. Classroom Collaboration – COG’s Ladder (Collaborative Operations Groups)
- Worksheets – scaffolding lessons
- Note cards – take questions from students for the next lesson or discussion
- Empathetic activities – creating collaborative rubrics/students evaluating each other
- Student led teaching
- Creating primary research through social media such as texting, tweeting, and Facebook
- The internet contains a plethora of ways to create collaborative web sites. The following are YouTube video examples.
- Collaboration Strategies
- Specific instructions about how to create a Google website for your classroom