eLearning Community Event: Peer Collaboration and Group Work
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21 November 2012
eLC December event - Peer Collaboration and Group Work
This event also forms part of the Arts and Social Sciences e-learning seminar series. Please note the start time of 10:30am, which is later than most eLC events.
Date: Tuesday 11th December 2012
Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm
Venue: Library Seminar Rooms 1 & 2
We’ll consider how students can work together and learn from one another online; and how we can support that learning by using tools and materials creatively. We’ll look at three current case studies of modules where students work together collaboratively or cooperatively.
10.35 – 11.00 Working together: the student perspective
Presenters: Helen Kaye, Jane Barrett and Madeleine Knightley (Social Sciences)
Helen Kaye, Jane Barrett and Madeleine Knightley will discuss a recent survey of OU psychology students. These students can choose whether to complete their level 2 project work at residential school or by participating in an online equivalent. This study identifies different factors governing student choice: for residential school, social aspects were important, whereas for on-line, students were more concerned with ensuring the work fits into their lives. Although students studying online valued the opportunity to work together, group dynamics were identified by many as the worst aspect of the online experience. Project work is an essential component of the psychology degree, and working collaboratively is an important skill; so how can we improve the online experience so that students can benefit from working together?
11.00 – 11.25 Do students give useful peer feedback?
Presenters: Mirabelle Walker and Karen Kear (MCT)
Mirabelle Walker and Karen Kear (MCT) will discuss findings from an ICT module which includes an assessed group project. As part of this project, each student is required to carry out peer reviews of material written by other members of their group. A framework is used to guide students in providing this feedback to each other. This talk will present research to investigate the type and quality of feedback that students provided for each other, and to consider how this compares to feedback provided by the module tutors.
11.25 – 11.40 Coffee
11.40 – 12.05 A framework to support student collaboration
Presenter: Nicky Harlow (ARTS)
Nicky Harlow is leading a group of ALs who are developing a common teaching framework to support students working on a collaborative wiki assignment on the multidisciplinary Arts module, A150. This assignment has proved challenging for students but the new ‘Teamwork and Reflection Review’ guidance is being pioneered during the current presentation to encourage students to approach the task with more confidence - and get the most from the experience.
12.05 – 12.30 Plenary discussion
An opportunity to discuss issues arising from these case studies, to consider the drivers and challenges of group work and how modules might be designed to encourage students to work together in an online environment.