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Distance education can be an isolating experience, akin to a correspondence course. Cooperation and collaboration are crucial components of the modern online experience.

Cooperation and collaboration

In the online environment, cooperation and collaboration are seen as critical components of the educational experience. Reciprocity and cooperation among students implies that students work together on tasks and communicate with one another to complete the tasks. Also implied is a degree of independence from the instructor. The instructor serves to structure the task or activity and then leaves the students to sort out details, assign specific tasks, and collaborate to create a group product.

Current tools feature a wide range of collaborative tools and new tools are being developed to enhance collaborative efforts. Collaboration can serve to build the social context absent in online learning and create opportunities for students to learn from one another. Online learning can be an isolating experience, if we do not intentionally design collaborative opportunities into the course.

Collaboration also supports a more active approach to learning while promoting creativity and critical thinking processes. Social interaction, rather than individual exploration, expands the student's view of the topic and what he or she thought they knew, allowing them to question previously held beliefs and explore new ones. It is important to remember, however, that collaboration does not just happen. The instructor plays a critical role in preparing students for collaborative work.

Groups

One of the ways that instructors can encourage collaboration in a distance course is to make sure students understand that the instructor values collaboration. Language emphasizing the value and importance of collaboration is important to establish the culture of the distance classroom. The types of assignments designed by the instructor also show that collaboration is valued. One of the tools in Blackboard that is useful for collaborative activities is the ability to establish groups. The group tool allows students within a group to exchange files and communicate by email, chat, and discussion board.

Tips

  • Craft language emphasizing the importance of actively participating in the learning process.
  • Emphasize the importance of multiple players to assist learning and understanding.

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
learn
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
learn
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da
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Bhagvanji
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
revolt
da
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
Damian
yes that's correct
Professor
I think
Professor
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
Alexandre
nanocopper obvius
Alexandre
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
LITNING Reply
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
LITNING Reply
What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
Rafiq
if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
Anam
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Anam
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
Hafiz
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
?
Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
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Source:  OpenStax, Promising practices in online teaching and learning. OpenStax CNX. Aug 11, 2008 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col10559/1.2
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