I presented a webinar, at the free Connecting Online Conference. Click link to access the recording for Designing and Evaluating Collaborative Projects: Three Conceptual Frameworks.
Description of the session
What is collaboration? We’ll define it as: “an interactive process that engages two or more participants who work together to achieve outcomes they could not accomplish independently” (Salmons, 2014). Collaborative advantage refers to the synergistic outcomes that could not have been achieved by any player acting alone (Huxham & Vangen, 2005). To achieve collaborative advantage, participants need to do more than work together—they need to think together. Achieving collaborative advantage offers the potential for new ideas and innovation, shared ideas and peer learning.
Collaboration online offers many possibilities: we can bridge time and distance, share resources, and engage using verbal, visual or written communications. However, collaboration online also offers many challenges. How do we decide on shared goals and ways to achieve them? What technologies should we use? How do we decide who does what? And for instructors using collaborative projects, how can I know who contributed and how can I evaluate students individually and collectively?
The session will offer practical tips and resources for developing a clear design for the collaborative project, organization of the process and evaluation of the outcomes. Three conceptual frameworks will be introduced: the theory of e-social constructivism (Salmons, 2009), Taxonomy of Online Collaboration and the Typology of Collaborative Assessments (Salmons, 2006, 2007, 2014).
View the recorded webinar here.
See sample exercises: E-Interviews for Active Learning in Class Projects.
Communications technologies allow us to keep in touch with far-flung friends and family, to work remotely, and to teach and learn online. We probably make different choices for the technology we use when we want to see the new baby across the country, versus when we are trying to finish a report we are writing with a colleague who is in another part of the world. Similarly, when we decide to use online communications technologies for research interviews, we need to make numerous decisions about which mode best supports the goal of the exchange. Then, we need to decide how to go about conducting the interview given that technology– how to create trust, develop rapport, and ask questions that will generate rich answers. Even though we may feel comfortable with our skills to communicate online, doing interviews requires another level of thinking and planning. How do we learn such skills? The availability of online communications tools means we can use e-interviews as experiential learning exercises in classes to achieve curricular goals as well as to develop online research skills.
This session will focus on use of online interviews in a) research methods courses to give students practice in planning and conducting interviews and b) in courses on other topics, where instructors want to bring real-world expertise into the discussion by having students interview practitioners. In either case, students are learning scholarly research skills and developing digital literacies in addition to gaining real-world perspectives on course content. Sample exercises will be offered that you can adapt for your own classes.
Free webinars, discussions and tweetchats about using e-interviews in research.
Qualitative Online Interviews is now available in May from Sage Publications or your favorite bookseller. A series of online events will celebrate this book launch with far-reaching dialogue and exchange. See a video introduction to the new book and find more information posted on this site, including sample course outlines with assignments and learning activities ready for you to adapt to the needs of your own classes. For a limited time, you can use this Online Interviews Promo discount from Sage for Qualitative Online Interviews and/or Online Interview Research.
Free Synchronous & Asynchronous Events!
- Online Interviews for Active Online Learning: Free webinar with IT4ALL
June 7 at 11 AM EST
http://blog.wiziq.com/start-summer-moodle-mooc-4 Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning, or IT4ALL founder Dr. Nellie Deutsch contributed to Cases in Online Interview Research. IT4ALL offers professional development and exchange for educators who use online technologies.
- e/merge Africa Events, July 21-25: Use What You Have: Online, Hybrid and Low-Bandwidth Option Details TBA. e/merge is an educational technology network that offers professional development and exchange for educators and students throughout Africa.
Learn more and keep in touch!
“This book is ahead of its time. It tackles the complicated matter of merging technology with research in a rather lucid manner.” —David Lee Carlson, Arizona State University
“The text is an excellent example for providing effective and efficient instruction. Learners can easily navigate the various components, and it can be used for self-study. . . . Marvelous depth of coverage on the online interview process. It is at the leading edge of thinking in the field of e-research.” —Anne-Marie Armstrong, Colorado Technical University
“[This is] a very thoughtful and engaged text on very important 21st century issues. Concepts, even very difficult ones, are explained clearly and gracefully.”—Laura J. Hatcher, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
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- Tag Cloud for Qualitative Online Interviews manuscript
If you are looking for the resources I discussed in the Politics and Ethics of Qualitative Online Research you have come to the right place!
- My report about ethics issues in online research and ethics codes, and the report about social media users’ perspectives, are both posted here. You can also view a short recording of my overview of the report:
- A resource list of ethics codes, guidelines and statements that include discussion of online research ethics can be found here. Additional materials are posted here.
- A collection of “E-Research Tips” are posted here, including one on informed consent with a link to a sample consent agreement.
View a recording of the webinar!
It was recorded, in case you missed it. View here. We’ll share related conversation on the SCoPE community forum. Please post your thoughts, question, resources and examples.
My new book Qualitative Online Interviews includes an entire chapter on visual methods in online interview research and a Typology of Online Visual Interview Methods.
See this YouTube video for an introduction: Visual Online Interviews.