Friday, 3 August 2012
Response: Collaborative Projects
I am really glad that this topic was addressed. I have been part of many attempts at creating online learning communities and student-motivated sharing. In all instances, the attempts fell flat. One of the reasons for these failures was clunkyness of the technological platform. I am sure that there are more user-friendly community learning platforms out there for teachers to find and I am excited to discover and use them! I am particularly interested in the author's discussion of genuine interdependence. I wonder if there are tools available that can identify how much students participated to an online product, like a blog entry or comment has a student's name on it. This could keep students accountable. On the other hand, I wonder if the term "genuine interdependence" is referring more to students relying on each other instead of eliminating students contributing less than their group members.