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Week One Discussion


Welcome & Purpose


The purpose of this course is to give you an opportunity to learn about collaborative learning by __participating in collaborative learning__.


This course is designed to help you learn how to design and build collaborative learning experiences using Web 2.0 / eLearning 2.0 tools and technologies.


Have fun.


Leave good information behind.


Starting Up






Course Topics / Sequence


Opportunity to be a participant and a facilitator in a collaborative learning environment.


The course will use collaborative learning techniques to examine and/or use the following:

  • Collaborative Learning Design
  • Blogs
  • Wikis
  • Discussion groups
  • RSS Feeds / Aggregators
  • Social Networking
  • Social Bookmarking
  • Facilitation / Moderation


Will start individually and will be more group (team) oriented as we go


One bigger assignment ("the project") will occur over weeks 2-5, gives you the chance to work in a small group to create a collaborative learning experience for the other participants.


Week One

  • Introduction to Collborative Learning
  • RSS, Blogs, Wikis
  • Assignment: Tool use
  • Assignment: Course approach question evaluations
  • Assignment: Week review


Week Two

  • Discuss prior week
  • Teaming in Collaborative Learning
  • Web 2.0 / eLearning 2.0 - Social Aspects
  • Discussion groups, Social bookmarking, Social networking
  • Assignment: Use tools
  • Assignment: Identify project teams & choose topics
  • Assignment: Week review


Week Three

  • Discuss prior week
  • Add-ins & Mash-ups - Web 2.0 Componentry
  • Collaborative learning design
  • Assignment: Tool use (minimal)
  • Assignment: Design & write project
  • Assignment: Feedback on designs
  • Assignment: Week review


Week Four

  • Discuss prior week
  • Groups assign their project
  • Assignment: Go through project experiences
  • Assignment: Facilitate your experience
  • Assignment: Write assessment
  • Assignment: Week review


Week Five

  • Discuss prior week / projects
  • Assignment: Propose application (learning design) of collaborative learning and/or tools to real world problem, identify risks/issues
  • Assignment: Peer feedback
  • Assignment: Week review & Course Review


Week Six

  • Discuss prior week and course review
  • Wrap-up
  • Virtual beer & wine



Course Format & Logistics

Weekly meetings:

  • Tuesdays 4PM Pacific
  • Starting Tuesday, April 11th, Ending May 16
  • Will try to keep to less than 1 hour
  • May extend for discussion, questions, etc.
    • Feel free to leave at any time (quick chat sign-off is fine)
  • Will send out Virtual Classroom information each week in an email.
  • Chance I will change tools midstream.


As little lecture as possible


Each week you will be given a small assignment:

  • Individual and small group
  • Will vary in shape and size
  • 3-5 hours total
  • Hopefully will be fun enough that it won’t feel like work


Each week will contribute to the overall assignment:

  • Leave behind information that others can use to better understand collaborative learning, the tools we used, and, most importantly, what lessons we learned.


Reading and writing is going to be an important part of this course.



  • No grades
  • Evaluated by me and by your peers, written feedback



  • Attend weekly meetings, notify me & group if you can't attend
  • Arrive on time to weekly meetings
  • Avoid use of other applications during meetings
  • Daily check in (discussion group)
  • Complete stages of assignments on time
    • Part two of an assignment may be to comment on what you did in part one
  • If you are not contributing to the class or your group, I will most discuss it with you and we may decide that you should leave the course



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