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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Collaborative Online Assignments

I ran across a nice post Clive on Learning: In praise of collaborative online assignments where he suggests that we provide collaborative assignments in addition to self-paced, individual eLearning. I'm a big fan of this approach and have tried it in a few different forms. One was making the content primarily collaborative group projects at the start - Collaborative Learning Using Web 2.0 Tools - A Summary. Another was providing group assignments towards the tail end of particular sections.

Honestly, I've run into enough problems with this kind of approach in terms of synchronizing students, delays in their activity, poor performance by some students, drop-outs, etc. that I've only used it in a few cases. I'm curious if other people are finding success such as what Clive mentions.

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