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  • Learning collaboratively

    A mini guide

    to help you get started

    Chrissi Nerantzi @chrissinerantzi

  • Learning together can be very rewarding, try it!

    Lets keep the groups small, up to 4 members is fine.

    Remember getting together early on with your group members or study buddy is really important, if possible synchronously (try organising a Google hangout).

    Agree how you are going to learn together. See differences as enrichment opportunities If you are from different cultures use this as an

    opportunity to extend understanding. Reach out to your facilitator if you need help. Be honest with each other and realistic. Ask yourselves the question: How best can we

    build on individual strengths? What do we bring to the group? How can we support each other?

  • If you are new to collaborative learning

    Remember it doesnt have to be a shared product you are working on!

    Share the journey instead! If you capture your learning in a portfolio, share it with your group members.

    Start from simple collaborative opportunities.

    The 5C Framework might help you with this and move progressively towards more complex opportunities for collaboration. See what works for you and your group.

    Try also FISh, a process model for individual and collective inquiry.

  • Some ideas for collaborative learning

    There are many ways group members can work together. If the focus is agreed among members that has the potential to increase commitment and collaboration. You might want to set-up a group: to support and encourage each other to discuss readings to work on a shared project To work on an individual project and get

    feedback to share reflections on your learning which

    could be via your portfolio or blog

  • 5C Framework (Nerantzi & Beckingham, 2014, 2015)

    used in #creativeHE to scaffold group work

  • The 5C Framework for social learning

    5C linear visualisation Nerantzi & Beckingham

    Suggestion: Use it like this, progressively as we go through the weeks, especially if you are new to online collaborative learning

  • The 5C Framework for social learning

    5C non-linear visualisation Nerantzi & Beckingham

    Suggestion: If you are more experienced learners in your group, feel free to pick n mix more randomly from the proposed approaches.

  • Connecting

    creating hooks with individuals and groups

    navigate in and in between online and physical spaces

    discovering resources, ideas

  • Communicating

    listening and reaching out

    multi-way communication/dialogue

    open sharing

  • Curating


    organising through themes and tagging

    sharing and signposting

  • Collaborating


    together: process and/or product

    supportive co-learning relationships

  • Creating

    individual and social making

    playful and experimental

    curiosity and interest driven

  • FISh (Nerantzi & Uhlin, 2012, Nerantzi, 2014)

    used in #creativeHE to support individual and collective inquiry

  • FISh (Nerantzi & Uhlin, 2012, Nerantzi, 2014): simplified model

    for individual and collective inquiry

    FISh model (Nerantzi & Uhlin, 2012)

  • Learning together also happens within communities

    If you prefer to learn as a member of the course community and not in a group, this is absolutely fine.

    You will have opportunities there to adapt these strategies but also bring in your own and see what works for you.

    Collaboration can happen anywhere, we can make it happen ;)

  • Our community is available at https://plus.google.com/communities/



  • Related resources Nerantzi, C. (2014) A personal journey of discoveries through a DIY open course development for professional development of teachers in Higher Education (invited paper),Journal of Pedagogic Development, University of Bedfordshire, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp. 42-58 http://www.beds.ac.uk/jpd Nerantzi, C. & Beckingham, S. (2015) BYOD4L: Learning to use own smart devices for learning and teaching through the 5C framework, in Middleton, A. (ed.) (2015): Smart learning: teaching and learning with smartphones and tablets in post-compulsory education, pp. 108-126, Sheffield: MELSIG publication, available at http://melsig.shu.ac.uk/?page_id=503 Nerantzi, C. & Beckingham, S. (2014) BYOD4L Our Magical Open Box to Enhance Individuals Learning Ecologies, in: Jackson, N. & Willis, J. (eds.) Lifewide Learning and Education in Universities and Colleges E-Book, available at http://www.learninglives.co.uk/e-book.html. invited chapter Nerantzi, C. & Uhlin, L. (2012) FISh, original illustration, available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrissinerantzi/9963707266/in/set-72157632690605470 / FISh description available at http://fdol.wordpress.com/fdol131/design/ Artwork by Ellie Livermore @ellielivermore



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