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Online Interaction and Collaboration Resources

Overview

Online interactions take a wide range of forms. Your LMS will include a range of interaction and collaboration tools, but others are available through various online platforms. The resources below of just a few ideas and tools for interacting in the context of an online class.


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Ideas and Applications

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"Using a Blog Throughout a Research Writing Course" by Danica Hubbard [OLOR]

This practice involves having students in our first-year research writing course each start a blog in our course management system (Blackboard) early in the term to introduce themselves. . . .
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"Conversation Starters: Orchestrating Asynchronous Discussion to Build Academic Community among First-year Writers" by Dan E. Seward [OLOR]

The practice includes a sequence of discussion assignments developed to build academic community and develop academic literacies among first-year college students. However, it also reflects a general strategy for designing and conducting asynchronous discussions . . . .
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"A Conscious Craft: An Approach to Teaching Collaborative, Computer-mediated Composition" by Ruth Li [OLOR]

The practice presents an innovative approach to the design and integration of collaborative writing projects using the Google Apps for Education. The setting is a traditional, face-to-face high school English classroom in which students write in class simultaneously, each on separate devices, on shared Google Docs. . . .

Tools for Web Conferencing

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BigBlueButton

BigBlueButton is embedded within some LMS (like Florida State University). It functions much like Zoom, but students do not need additional software to join the meeting. They can join a conference via computers or phone..

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WebEx

Cisco's WebEx is a video conferencing and meeting application that is often used for online training and webinars. There is a limited free option that offers a number of helpful services although this plan caps at 1GB of cloud storage.

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Zoom

Zoom is a digital meeting platform that offers users audio, video, and phone options. It can additionally record meetings or be used to make videos. There is a limited free option that includes hosting up to 100 participants, unlimited one-to-one meetings, a limit to 40 minute meetings, and limited online features. However, some institutions have institutional plans with this company. Be sure to check out this Introductory Handout, Auburn University.


Virtual Collaborative Technologies

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Google Drive

Google has a number of apps that can facilitate collaborative work, including Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Drawings, and Google Hangouts. Read about using Google Docs to give feedback in Allison Morrow's tech review from Research in Online Literacy Education (ROLE). 

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Eli Review

Eli Review is an online peer review management system. It links with some LMS systems. As a platform, Eli Review allows instructors to design peer review protocol, assign and manage peer review teams, and then view analytical data that reviews how the class did on the activity. Eli Review has a free grace period of two-weeks or a single peer review; however, during the COVID-19 outbreak, it has allowed instructors disrupted by the pandemic free use of its system for Spring.


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