Collaborative Assignments: Enhancing Discussion and Extending the Boundaries of the Traditional Classroom
Victoria Campbell, Department of History, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, HI, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-73-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Most research to date on the use of collaboration in higher education has focused on distance learning and non-traditional classrooms; however, the blending of online collaboration with traditional classroom interaction shows great promise across a variety of disciplines. This paper demonstrates a method of blending online collaboration and classroom discussion to inspire critical thinking and extend the boundaries of the traditional classroom through the use of the wiki post, a collaborative assignment with online and classroom components. In completing a wiki post, students post their analysis of the assigned topic to the class website, lead an in-class discussion of the contents of their posts, and update their posts after class with relevant details and feedback from the class discussion. The class website thus becomes a collection of student-created and reviewed content that contributes to the completion of individual capstone projects, such as research papers, final exams, and Senior Theses.
Campbell, V. (2009). Collaborative Assignments: Enhancing Discussion and Extending the Boundaries of the Traditional Classroom. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2009--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1672-1676). Honolulu, HI, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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