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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)


  • 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 cooperative learning improves

  • writeboard.com

  • wikispaces.com

  • docs.google.com


Writeboard com
writeboard.com cooperative learning improves

  • http://writeboard.com


Writeboard discussion links password csulbchn360 lesson 8
Writeboard Discussion Links cooperative learning improvesPassword 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 cooperative learning improves

  • http://www.wikispaces.com

  • http://chin360.wikispaces.com


Google docs in plain english
Google Docs in Plain English cooperative learning improves

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


Procedures of using docs google
Procedures of using cooperative learning improvesdocs.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 cooperative learning improves

  • 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 cooperative learning improves

  • 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 cooperative learning improves

  • An example of synchronous editing

  • An example of asynchronous editing 1

  • An example of asynchronous editing 2


The result
The result cooperative learning improves

  • 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 cooperative learning improves

  • 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 cooperative learning improves

  • 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 cooperative learning improves

  • Sign in

  • Open the same file

  • Working independently

  • Watch how others are editing


Thank you
Thank you! cooperative learning improves


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