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Using Docs.google to facilitate collaborative learning. Dr. Tianwei Xie California State University Long Beach May 2008 Email: [email protected] Virtual office: http://xietianwei.net. Collaborative learning.

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Using docs google to facilitate collaborative learning

Using Docs.google to facilitate collaborative learning

Dr. Tianwei Xie

California State University

Long Beach

May 2008

Email: [email protected]

Virtual office: http://xietianwei.net


Collaborative learning

Collaborative learning

  • Cooperative learning (CL) is an instructional paradigm in which teams of students work on structured tasks (e.g., homework assignments, laboratory experiments, or design projects)


Using docs google to facilitate collaborative learning

  • Many studies have shown that when correctly implemented, cooperative learning improves:

    • information acquisition and retention

    • higher-level thinking skills

    • interpersonal and communication skills

    • and self-confidence.

    • Johnson, Johnson, and Smith.(1998). Active Learning: Cooperation in the College Classroom. Edina, MN: Interaction Book Company. <http://clte.asu.edu/active/baselemcooptms.pdf>


Programs for collaborative learning

Programs for collaborative learning

  • writeboard.com

  • wikispaces.com

  • docs.google.com


Writeboard com

writeboard.com

  • http://writeboard.com


Writeboard discussion links password csulbchn360 lesson 8

Writeboard Discussion Links Password csulbchn360Lesson 8

  • eric_chianghorng_david_yishyu

    • http://writeboard.com/afd521c40acb815f9

  • Daniella_Jade_Ide_Brett_Mengxia'

    • http://123.writeboard.com/3077920e1e4982e03

  • Lee_Fumi_Andrei_Yuko

    • http://123.writeboard.com/70dabf6fe3f1f4f6b


Wikispaces

Wikispaces

  • http://www.wikispaces.com

  • http://chin360.wikispaces.com


Google docs in plain english

Google Docs in Plain English

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRqUE6IHTEA


Procedures of using docs google

Procedures of using docs.google

  • The first writer creates a draft

  • He/she invites co-writer(s) to access his/her draft.

  • All co-writers review and edit the draft.

  • When a final version is completed, it can be exported or saved in several formats (doc, rtf, htm, txt, pdf).


Features

Features

  • It allows collaborative learning.

  • The process (reviewing and editing) can be synchronous or asynchronous.

  • Revision history (procedures of writing and editing) is recorded and each version can be retrieved.


Pilot project

Pilot project

  • Participants: second year students

  • Task: creating a dialogue

  • Procedures:

    • Form writing groups (2-3 students).

    • Students create free accounts and write collaboratively.

    • The instructor is "invited" as a collaborator of each group and monitorsstudents’ writing process and gives advises.


Some examples

Some examples

  • An example of synchronous editing

  • An example of asynchronous editing 1

  • An example of asynchronous editing 2


The result

The result

  • The students like the project and their collaborative writing facilitated learning.

  • The essays/dialogues that students wrote were "longer" than usual writings.

  • The students were involved in discussion and negotiation.

  • More research should be done though to reach any plausible conclusion regarding the effectiveness of using this program.


Try it on

Try it on

  • Go to http://www.google.com

  • Select More, Documents

  • Get started (to create free account)

  • Follow online instructions

  • Sign in


Create a word file and share with others

Create a word file and share with others

  • New Document

  • Type something

  • Share with others (invite collaborators) in your group

  • Members of each group work collaboratively (try synchronous or asynchronous editing)


Synchronous editing

Synchronous editing

  • Sign in

  • Open the same file

  • Working independently

  • Watch how others are editing


Thank you

Thank you!


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