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Online collaboration and team-working: can we enhance the learning? Jane Barrett, Helen Kaye and Wendy Knightley Open University HEA STEM Conference 30 th April – 1 st May 2014. Compulsion and choice. Accredited qualification. Residential school? Or …. Online equivalent?.

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Online collaboration and team-working: can we enhance the learning?

Jane Barrett, Helen Kaye and Wendy Knightley

Open University

HEA STEM Conference

30th April – 1st May 2014

compulsion and choice
Compulsion and choice

Accredited qualification

Residential school?

Or …

Online equivalent?

differences between residential and online
Differences between residential and online
  • mode of delivery and participation
  • intensity of study
  • location of study
  • timing of study
which differences are important1
Which differences are important?
  • In enjoying that module
what s important when choosing residential school
What’s important when choosing residential school?

Social aspects

of learning

Accessibility

Timing and speed of completion

what s important when choosing online equivalent
What’s important when choosing online equivalent?

Opportunity cost

Home responsibilities

Timing and accessibility

Work and caring commitments

worst thing group dynamics
Worst thing – group dynamics

“[it was …] Very hard working with a group using asynchronous forums - extremely hard to have debates and disagreements”

“Working with lazy people”

“Being part of a group - where it was difficult to ensure that everyone contributed equally and consistently”

online collaboration opportunity
Online collaboration:opportunity?
  • Best things
  • fitting in with lifestyle
  • working in a group
  • doing research
online collaboration or oxymoron
Online collaboration:or oxymoron?
  • Worst thing
  • group dynamics
why don t people participate
Why don’t people participate?

Adapted from (Preece et al., 2004),

Table 2,p.209

community members non participant to expert

Leaders

Desire for

order

Novices

Desire to be

social

Regulars

Desire to be

creative

social

Elders

Desire to be

creative

social

“Lurkers”

??

Community members:Non-participant to expert

(Bishop, 2007)

some reflections 1 modules
Some reflections1. Modules
  • Learning design
  • Assessment strategy
some reflections 2 resourcing and scholarship
Some reflections2. Resourcing and scholarship
  • Time
  • Technology
  • Teamworking training
some reflections 3 effective online teamwork
Some reflections3. Effective online teamwork?
  • Convenient lifestyle choice or effective way to learn?
  • Working in teams and groups – part of digital literacy agenda?
  • Teams and groups – norming, storming, forming?