When Alec asked us to blog about the “socialization of learning” the lyrics “Stop, Collaborate & Listen” came to mind. Do you know what song I am thinking of?
How are teachers creating and encouraging interactions for and with our students which is an essential part of learning?
The article by Bates described Online Collaborative Learning(OCL) as a particular form of constructivist teaching where learning is defined as conceptual change and is key to building knowledge.
How have I encouraged and supported this kind of learning in my own classroom?
First of all I try to develop a “community of learners” through a variety of team building activities at the beginning of the year. Then I allow my students many opportunities to collaborate on assignments and projects throughout the year. I use Google Classroom as my LMS and students can make comments to each other or about assignments using that platform. I have also incorporated a classroom Twitter account which you may follow “YQRClassroom” where students create the tweets about what is happening in our classroom.
OCL includes three key phases of knowledge construction:
- Idea generating
- Idea organising
- Intellectual convergence
When reflecting on the first online module that I created for Human Body Systems, I provided the purpose for compiling information in a group work scenario but I see now how I would like to provide opportunities for more discussion and peer to peer feedback not just teacher to student feedback.
The OCL model definitely has me thinking about how I currently use the LMS because of it’s convenience but I wonder how I can create opportunities for transformative learning that develop the essential skills like critical thinking, analytical thinking, synthesis and evaluation in my students? I will keep this in mind as I develop the second module for online learning.