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Where’s Waldo: The missing group member

An email from a student in my fully online course reads, “Waldo is in my group but I haven’t heard from him. I’ve emailed him several times; suggested that he contribute visuals to the group effort; and sent him a link to the collaborative group document to which he could add his work.

Improving Learner Responses to Discussion Threads and Peer Posts

Good questions are essential to good responses from learners using a discussion forum. While more professionally experienced learners may generate responses that reflect critical analysis naturally, other learners will need to be prompted by a good question.

Is “Cut/Pasting” from a Website into a Graded Online Course Wiki Presentation, Plagiarism?

If you are like me, your response to this question is probably, “duh … yea … everybody knows that’s plagiarism”. I thought so, too, until four students in an eight week course were ousted by one of their peers for posting a verbatim, cut/paste-from-a-website response to an assignment into the course wiki without a citation.

“Nice work, I agree with you”: How do I teach undergraduate learners to respond critically to their peers?

“I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” ~ Albert Einstein I strongly believe that the process of educating an individual should include the development of the learners unique perspective, given the context of their lived experiences, informed through wrestling with conflicting and controversial points of view.

“I Hate Group Work”: How can I facilitate a positive group assignment experience for online learners?

In the comments section of my course evaluation, an unhappy student had this to say about group work in the course I taught: “…I am a professional. I have a job where I work with others. I do not know what has changed recently to make our professors think that group work is the necessity that we are missing, but it is not appreciated in the online environment …”