Walden EIDT – 6511 – 2: Constructing a Quality Question for Discussion

In this week’s learning resources Palloff and Pratt (2007) describe collaborative learning as ‘the most powerful principle of online course design and delivery’ (p157). The reason collaborative learning is so effective is that it is said to improve knowledge retention, completion rates and important social skills. For this week’s discussion question think back over your time spent studying online and consider the work you did where you shared ideas and collaborated with a group. Take some time to think about the following questions:

· Did I learn more from working as part of a group than I would have working by myself?

· How does the retention of what I learnt and shared with a group compare to work I did by myself in my studies?

· Did I learn or hone any other interesting or useful skills as a result of working collaboratively?

For this week’s discussion question discuss what you feel are the advantages and disadvantages of learning as part of a collaborative group compared to working by oneself on readings and assessments. Please refer to this week’s learning resource (Palloff and Pratt, 2007) as well as at least one external resource to support your arguments. A possible external source that might be worth your attention is chapter 2 of Terry Anderson’s influential The Theory and Practice of Online Learning (p45, 2008), available at https://facultycommons.macewan.ca/wp-content/uploads/The-Theory-and-Practice-of-Online-Learning-by-Terry-Anderson.pdf.

Please complete your initial posting by Wednesday this week, and respond to at least two of your classmates’ discussion posts by Sunday.

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Palloff, R., & Pratt, K. (2007). Building online communities: Effective strategies for the virtual classroom. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Anderson, T. (2008). Theory and practice of online learning (2nd ed.). Edmonton: AU Press.