of the Course
Welcome to Cooperative Learning
in an Online Environment, a mini-course for learning how to collaborate
online. In this course we will be discussing how to teach online using
collaboration. This course will last 3 weeks, in which participants will
be expected to participate at least 3 times during each week. Each session
should last about 1 hour, for a total of 3 hours per week (including completing
The course will be conducted
in a Web Quest format. This web site has opened in a separate window from
the tools you will be utilizing to discuss the concepts learned. Be sure
to have both the discussion forum and this window open on your computer
as you work, so that you can do the assignments, and then respond in the
Each of the numbered activities
below should take about an hour. It is suggested that you plan on accessing
this course 3 times during the week for an hour at a time. This way we
can interact with each other on a timely basis, thus adding to the collaboration.
#1 in each section by Tuesday of that week,
by Thursday, and
#3 by Saturday. That way we can start a new week on Sunday.
A. Week One -- Discussing the Basic Principles of cooperative/collaborative
1. Read the article given
on Cooperative Learning and its components, and respond to discussion
forum topic "What I know about Cooperative Learning and Collaboration".
2. Discuss (on the appropriate forum) what you feel are the major components
of cooperative learning that SHOULD be included in an online environment.
3. As a group, come to a consensus about what we will be looking for as
we evaluate some existing pedagogies for cooperative components and their
adaptability to the online environment. Create a group rubric that measures
the major concepts.
B. Week Two -- Adapting
Existing Pedagogies to the Online Environment
- Following the Web Quest
format, review the following pedagogies:
- Web Quests
- Jigsaw Pedagogy
- Active Learning Strategies
2. Individually evaluate
two of the above strategies using the rubric developed in Week 1.
3. As a group, create a
visual organizer on how the above strategies will adapt to the online
C. Week Three -- Assessing Collaboration
1. Discuss grading issues that may arise in cooperative learning online.
2. Using our own rubric, evaluate our work in this course for interactivity/cooperation.
3. Assessing Knowledge of Cooperative Learning -- Final Evaluations -
Individual participation, and group participation.
If you want
to sign up for this course indicate on the forum that you are enrolling
in the course. Only the first four to register will be accepted.