Educational Technology

January 30, 2013

Get Ready for Online Group Assignments

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:36 am

by Melissa Venable, Online College

All students should expect to interact with their classmates and work together on collaborative assignments in their online courses. This was my response when a staff member, working in an ombudsman role to advocate for students, called me with student complaints. At the time, I was working as an instructional designer and responsible for updating and maintaining a set of online courses. The advocate added something similar to the following: “but these students enrolled in these classes so they wouldn’t have to work in groups.” It’s a common myth that online courses don’t have group projects. While this may be the case in some classes, when you enter a new online program you should do so with the expectation that you will work with your classmates. You may even find the level of interaction required in an online course to be more intense than what you remember of traditional classrooms.

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