FDOL132 unit 4

Collaborative learning and communities

Rationale: Proponents of collaborative learning have long heralded the power of well managed group-based interaction as a means of promoting positive interdependence, individual accountability, social skills, and group processing. This third unit will encourage learners to explore aspects of collaborative, cooperative and community learning especially in relation to networked online spaces for learning, personal learning networks and environments and discuss the relevance of peer learning and the development of learning communities in the context of self-directed and self-organised learning within and beyond institutional boundaries (formal, informal and non-formal learning).

by Chrissi Nerantzi

exploring collaborative learning

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this unit, you will have had the opportunity to

  1. critically discuss collaborative learning in the digital age
  2. critically reflect on establishng learning communities in your own practice
  3. critically review in PBL groups the collaborative learning and community features of the chosen scenario

Activities/tasks for all learners

  1. Google + FDOL132 community
    Discuss collaborative learning and communities in your professional context with peers and comment on each others’ contributions. Please use the category “unit 4: collaborative learning and communities” for these discussions.
  2. Twitter
    You are encouraged to continue to use your Twitter account. If you would like to it would be interesting if you tweet about your experience from the FDOL course. Please find peers on FDOL and follow them, and comment on tweets by others if you would like to. There are no requirements to tweet and/or comment, however you are encouraged and for those of you who are new on Twitter the idea of Twitter in the FDOL course is that your use will increase during the FDOL journey as you become more familiar with it. Remember to use the hashtag #fdol132 when tweeting.
  3. Reflecting through images
    Have a look at the image below and think about in the context of this unit. Then reflect on your experiences. Have you felt like this before in a learning situation? What did this mean for your learning/teaching?
Where is everybody else?

Where is everybody else?

Additional activities/tasks for learners within PBL groups

  1. Continue working together on your scenario considering collaborative learning, community features and possibilities to enhance the student experience. Remember to define intended learning outcomes(no more than 3).
  2. At the end of the unit, reflect individually and in your PBL groups on your learning and share with the wider FDOL community.

The reflective post in unit 4

The theme for the reflective post is Extending collaborative learning using digital technologies: Reflect on how you enable collaborative learning, how you use technologies, why. Are there opportunities for further develpment in this area you have now identified as a result of your engagement in this unit?

Capture your reflections in your portfolio/personal learning space. Use relevant literature. Remember to add the hashtag #FDOL132 and @openfdol to your title if you want to share through Twitter (suggested: 600 words or equivalent)

Share the link to your portfolio/personal learning space and invite others to comment as well as comment on reflections made by others. Please note, you are also welcome to reflect using the Google + community space and/or your COOL FISh spaces.


suggested readings
1. Creating effective collaborative learning groups in an online envrionment, by Jane E. Brindley et al., available here
2. Learner generated content: Quality criteria in online collaborative learning, by Maria Pérez-Mateo et al., available here
3. Communities of practice and social learning systems: the career of a concept by Etienne Wenger, available here
4. Are online learners frustrated with collaborative learning experiences?, by Neus Capdeferro and Margarida Romero available hereadditional resources
FDOL diigo group at http://groups.diigo.com/group/fdol-resourcesPlease check this learners’ generated collection and add further resources you find useful and link well with this unit. Remember to use tags and comment on resources shared by others.

Tuesday 29 October, 7-8pm (UK time, find your local time)
with Dr Keith Smyth and Dr David Walker

Link to the webinar recording: https://connect.sunet.se/p7duqblj760/

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