Students learn not only from you, but often also from each other. They do so through analysing each other’s texts, discussions, assessing each other’s work, or completing group assignments. There are various tools available that support this kind of collaborative learning.
Annotation tools allow students and lecturers to work together on one and the same document. Both students and lecturers can select a text excerpt and start a discussion. This leads to texts being better read and more in-depth discussions than when using a separate discussion platform. If you wish to know what annotation tools your Faculty has to offer, please contact your ICT and Education coordinator.
Assess each other’s work
By asking students to first assess each other’s paper, essay, research proposal or case study, you raise the quality of the final result. PeerMark is built into Blackboard as part of Turnitin. This peer review tool allows students to assess each other’s paper or essay. Students can then first process each other’s feedback before sending you the final version. Pitch2Peer allows students to create a pitch in the form of a video presentation and assess each other’s pitches. If you wish to know what peer review tools your Faculty has to offer, please contact your ICT and Education coordinator.
Students can start a discussion with you or with each other via Blackboard. Blackboard offers four tools for this purpose:
JournalThe journal tool allows lecturer and students to dialogue with one another. You can keep this discussion closed to other students. Or you can opt to make the discussion publicly available so that other students can read along.
Discussion BoardThe Discussion Board allows students and lecturer to dialogue with one another.
BlogA blog can be used by students and lecturers to exchange thoughts and ideas about the lesson materials. A blog differs from a journal in that it is openly available to all.
WikiYou can use a wiki to work together with students on one and the same document.
There are special tools available that you can make use of when completing group assignments. If you wish to know what collaboration tools your Faculty has to offer, please contact your ICT and Education coordinator.