Report from ACTEM

Resource Articles Today, the Instructional Design team is at ACTEM. Several of us are presenting, in fact. So, for our Vision post this week, we thought we’d post the synopses of our presentations here, and if you would like to you can follow up with the designers responsible for them. Please feel free to email them if you would like to hear more, or if you have a project in mind that would benefit from their expertise. And wish us all luck at ACTEM! The presentations (and presenters) are: Effective Discussion Board Strategies How do you entice students to exchange ideas in an online environment? How do you facilitate discussions when you’re not face-to-face with your class? Join in this interactive session… Read more >>
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Group Projects: Insights with Mentor Commons

Group Projects Group projects – online especially – have been an interest of mine for a long time. In a way, group projects are spaces for students to learn from each other, collaborate, and form relationships. If you have never heard about Sugata Mitra and his Hole-in-the-Wall project – old news, I know! – he takes it even further saying that kids can teach themselves, given the right opportunity. It is curious then to explore what structures and setup allow students to make the most out of a group project. Is it really true that a team can achieve more than individuals working on their own projects? Are there reasons why group projects won’t succeed and will be a source of constant… Read more >>
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