As part of the iLearn upgrade in February, one of the new features is an online collaboration space, aptly called Collaborate!
The use of Collaborate for virtual classrooms was successfully trialled in 2013 as part of LTC’s Faculty Partnership Program in an introductory Chinese language unit. The academic was able to hold a web conference to introduce the objectives and activity for the session, send students in pairs to ‘break out rooms’ to undertake the learning activity, then regroup for a debrief of the activity. These sessions were also recorded and available to students after the live event.
Collaborate allows for real-time, synchronous engagement so there are many possibilities:
Collaboration space for group work
Virtual lab experiments
Guest expert lecture or interview
Authentic role play
Tutoring for external students
Virtual meeting spaces
Virtual consultation hours
Meeting space for academics and their tutors, meeting space for departments, etc
Collaborate tools include:
Engagement tools (emoticons, polling, hand raising to ask questions)
Communication tools (microphone, chat, application sharing)
So now you’re hooked and want to know more? Sit tight and stay tuned, more details will be posted when available for use but if you’re as keen as mustard, lodge a OneHelp ticket expressing your interest in using Collaborate.
Tony is particularly known for his time as Director of Distance Education and Technology at the University of British Columbia, Canada and through his work as Research Team Leader of MAPLE, the Centre for Research into Managing and Planning Learning Environments in Education at UBC.
In his vision he outlines 9 main points:
The disappearance of online learning as a separate construct
Multi-mode delivery concentrated in fewer institutions – but more diversity
Multi-purpose, open delivery, with multiple levels of service and fees
Goodbye to the lecture-based course
Goodbye to the written exam – and welcome to the final implementation of lifelong learning
New financial models
Systematic faculty development and training
Devolved decision-making and organizational models
Student privacy, data security and student online behaviour will become more difficult
The replacement of lectures has been predicted for many years now. The emergence of the flipped classroom has given us a viable alternative. What do you think? Which predictions do you agree with?
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