learning collaboratively, a mini guide for #creativehe
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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.
creating hooks with individuals and groups
navigate in and in between online and physical spaces
discovering resources, ideas
listening and reaching out
organising through themes and tagging
sharing and signposting
together: process and/or product
supportive co-learning relationships
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