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Bees are a natural example of the efficiency of collaboration, and their learning also takes place in a collaborative manner! The beekeepers role is to provide the best conditions for the bees to build their communities, collect and store pollen and nectar, keep diseases out and care for their new-borns.
The role of the teacher is pretty much the same – to provide the best conditions for the students collaborative learning process by planning the course carefully. The teacher should facilitate the collaboration process by dividing the class into small groups, help to establish a trusting atmosphere, be clear about what is expected, and provide relevant group assignments and feed-back.
My experiences during this topic were mainly the following:
Tweet chats are not for me – I felt like everybody was ”shouting” and nobody listening. I will give it a second chance this week, but my expectations are low.
I am unhappy with KTH:s switch to Canvas as our new learning platform, as I find it hard to control the system and to publish material that I worked very hard to produce in our earlier system. I also tried to use Canvas together with Kaltura (KTH Play) to record a video presentation, which went fine until I wanted to share the presentation on our google drive and the presentation was lost, only the video of me was left. Lots of work for nothing :-(.
Enough moaning: I also had some very nice experiences of the group work, sharing the lead with Stefano. Also, I got a new idea from Pia Palms blog, namely to let the students produce material for Wikipedia as a group assignment – absolutely brilliant I think! Further, I enjoyed the presentations from the other pbl-groups, with great ideas for new tools to use. Especially, I like the RealtimeBoard – a collaborative whiteboard tool that pbl-group 3 used for their presentation – I think I will find good use for that!
Finally, I very much appreciated Martha Cleveland-Innes webinar about learning in online communities. Her discussion about teaching presence got me thinking in new ways about my own blended courses.