Big Idea - Group Projects
Collaboration is a key feature of a learning community.
Through the creation of shared goals, exploration, and process of meaning making, collaboration helps students achieve deeper levels of knowledge (Palloff & Pratt, 2001).
In this section we explore examples of how to engage your students in collaborative group projects with a variety of social networking tools.
Group projects can be a challenge because students may not live in the same time zone and may have vastly different schedules or work-style preferences.
Some students may not prefer to do group work at all because of the difficulty of working with others.
However, in real life many projects are team efforts. Engaging students in the building of your online learning community can have powerful results.