Navigating the Complexities of Assessment in Collaborative Learning

The scenario in topic 3 brings into sharp focus a key challenge of collaborative learning: how can we design assessment practices that align with collaborative goals while also ensuring individual accountability? Traditional assessment models, with their emphasis on individual accomplishment, often clash with the shared learning aims of collaboration. This can make students worry about […]

Topic 3 – Weaving Connections in Networked Communities

In the vast expanse of online learning, where pixels replace paper and digital connections transcend geographical boundaries, I find myself immersed in a vibrant tapestry of collaborative exploration. It’s a journey that transcends solitary pursuits, inviting me to weave connections and co-create knowledge within networked communities. As I navigate this digital landscape, I am struck […]


Opening the mind…

Being aware that the way we think is rooted in our life experiences and education is very important in breaking the rigidity of thinking and being open to listening and integrating other perspectives. Then, knowledge can happen. One of my personal development goals is to try to identify and understand why people see the same […]


The Power (and Challenges) of Collaborative Learning

Collaborative learning is seen as a valuable approach that promotes critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and the development of 21st-century skills such as communication, teamwork, and adaptability. As a university teacher for more than twenty years, I’ve seen firsthand the incredible benefits of collaborative learning. It’s not always easy to implement, but when done right, it […]

The Art of Hosting

ONL221 is an online course on open networked learning. These reflections are part of the course assignment. This one is on topic three– Learning in communities – networked collaborative learning Suggested topics for reflection -An occasion when real collaborative learning took place, that moved your own thinking forward My own thinking on collaborative learning was moved forward … Fortsätt läsa ”The Art of Hosting”


Meitheal – a note on collaboration in postdigital times

In times past, for hard cultivation work – planting, growing, ploughing and harvesting- you needed your neighbours. Saving hay, turf cutting, crops or any complex labour-intensive farming work relied on a community response to be successfully completed. This collective response is known in Irish as a meitheal. Neighbours reciprocated to one other’s social need, and …


Collaboration vs Collaborative learning

When I’m teaching with my colleagues, we often talk about open-ended problems and project-based learning. Both because we have an idea that we can support/challenge the student to develop higher-order thinking skills (HOTS) (Krathwohl, 2002), but also because in engineering work there is most likely a team that share a responsibility to solve a project […]