We have undertaken work in our department, working with academics in the STEM faculty, to identify solutions to the challenges of designing collaborative activities at a distance. We have pulled together past experiences and research into a practical best practice guide which acts as a starting point for academic teams developing collaborative activities. This is based on the premise from research that indicates that having well planned instructional strategies have a positive impact on student experience with collaborative activities (Brindley et al., 2009, Zheng et al., 2015).
This session introduces the guide and will explore some of the case studies of collaboration and key lessons from these and other research which underpins the guide.
Brindley, J. E., Walti, C. and Blaschke, L. M. (2009) “Creating effective collaborative learning groups in an online environment”, International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 1-19.
Zheng, B., Niiya, M. and Warschauer, M. (2015) “Wikis and collaborative learning in higher education”, Technology, Pedagogy and Education, Vol. 24, Issue 3, pp. 357-74.