Strategies for learning and teaching

Active learning is essential to encouraging student participation in blended and online subjects while passive or isolated learning experiences will generally not lead to successful student outcomes. Collaborative online activities provide opportunities for students to interact with the subject resources, with one another, with teaching staff and with professional networks.

The shared creation of ideas, presentations, documents, wikis, web sites, blogs or other types of ‘products’ can bring to life the concepts and understandings necessary for individual subjects.

When developing collaborative activities:

  • Use wikis to have student groups develop page-based resources throughout the length of a teaching period.
  • Forums, use appropriately and well moderated, allow students to shape and test their ideas, reflecting and developing deeper understanding of subject content based on peer discussions.
  • ePortfolios promote individual reflective learning but also allow assets to be shared with educators, other students or professional contacts for feedback and further refinement.
  • Real-time chat or web conferencing systems allow students to work together on projects or assessments at a time of their choosing
  • Students may also interact with any number of cloud-based document, video or other file creation and sharing services available through providers such as Google or Microsoft – care should be taken to inform students of their rights and responsibilities around backing up work and copyright.

Supported technologies

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
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Groups can be created in any subject or community site to organise students,facilitate private communication or student group work, or allow selective distribution of content. Groups can be set to ‘self enrol’ to allow students to sign up to a preferred group.

A wiki is a web site that can be collaboratively developed and edited by a group. Contributors to a wiki are able to edit and publish content, upload files and link to other resources. The wiki has a versioning feature that allows the contributions made by individual members to be clearly identified.

Social Learning Tools
The Social Learning Tools in LearnJCU allow students to connect and collaborate online with their personal learning network. This network connects users at Blackboard Learn institutions around the globe enabling social, informal learning to complement formal classroom and online learning experiences.