Collaborative Learning in an Online Classroom

Learning in an online classroom is much different from a traditional classroom. The lack of face-to-face contact in an online learning environment can make it difficult to for learners to get to know one another and work together. The learners will more than likely never meet one another during their time together during the course. Due to the lack of face-to-face interaction, it is extremely important for the instructor to promote and create opportunities for the learners to work together and learn from each other.

There are several strategies that an instructor can use in order to ensure collaboration exists in the online learning environment. The key is to provide opportunities for the learners to become engaged with one another so that a learning community exists. Think about ways in which you, as the instructor, can create a learning environment in which the learners get to know each other and work together, just as they would in a traditional classroom setting.

For this week’s discussion question think about ways in which you, as the instructor, can create a learning environment in which collaboration is encouraged and exists. Think about experiences you have had in an online learning environment in which collaboration was implemented by your instructor. Discuss three-five different strategies and/or activities that an instructor can implement in an online learning course in order to promote collaborative learning. The learning resource for this week is provided below in order to help guide you. You will also need to find one outside resource to support your answer with this discussion question. Use the link to the provided rubric to ensure you are meeting all of the requirements.

Click on the “comment” link at the bottom of this post to complete your discussion posting for this week. Your posting is due by Friday of this week.

Required Resource:

Book Excerpt: Palloff, R., & Pratt, K. (2007). Building online communities: Effective strategies for the virtual classroom. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
(Palloff, R., & Pratt, K., Promoting Collaborative Learning, Building Online Communities). Copyright 2007 John Wiley & Sons Inc. Used with permission from John Wiley & Sons Inc. via the Copyright Clearance Center.

•Chapter 8, “Promoting Collaborative Learning”