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February 20, 2007
Topic: Online Project Agreements
Overview: "When online students work on assignments in collaborative teams, conflicts inevitably arise," says Patti Shank, an instructional designer and principal of Learning Peaks, LLC. That's why each team should draft an agreement that addresses potential conflicts up front.
Shank recommended that team agreements answer the following questions:
Shank also recommended that instructors offer feedback on these agreements, highlighting where they are too general or too soft. Instructors should ask for revisions until the agreements address each concern effectively, Shank advised.
"Until everyone gets an A on this assignment, it's not done," she said.
[Editor's Note: These tips could also apply to face-to-face group projects.]
Source: From February 15 online seminar "How to Make Online Collaboration Work Well," Magna Publications.
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