Collaboration in the online environment is paramount to students understanding of materials and success in the course. Discussion breeds understanding and students take away more from the collaborative art of conversation. However, it can be a student's worst nightmare. Simply put, every student isn't a social butterfly. Some student's shy away from discussions and activities that involve any type of collaboration. Some student's take a few weeks to get the hang of things and eventually become comfortable enough to progress through the course being social. However, some student's never reach that point and have a tendency to stay in the background and have minimum anticipation.
Using this week's resources, brainstorm what you can do to promote collaborative learning in the online environment with all types of students. How will you make sure that your students are participating? What will you do when students are not participating? How will handle a student who feels offended by the actions of their group members or member? Develop some guideline for promoting collaboration in the online environment. Feel free to include your personal experiences or add any additional situations that may have occurred that are not mentioned here.
By Wednesday post your initial response to the prompt. By Sunday respond to two other student post. Be sure to sight resources and be thorough in your initial post and responses. See the rubric to view the criteria for how this discussion will be graded.