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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Online teamwork and collaboration

by Simon McIntyre
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.5 stars
Content Quality: 4.5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 4.5 stars
Reviewed: Jun 29, 2012 by Faculty Development
Overview: A short 5:40 minutes video with multiple speakers candidly presenting their strategies and perspectives about developing effective teamwork and facilitation strategies in an online environment. Additionally, assessment strategies for group work were discussed.
Learning Goals: Developing effective teamwork and collaboration skills are considered important to the learning process, many students find group work challenging and difficult. This material (video and pdf) explores how Internet technologies can improve the collaborative process within online teamwork, and offers some useful techniques for facilitating and assessment.
Target Student Population: This material would be very useful for both experienced and inexperienced online teachers.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None
Type of Material: video and pdf file
Recommended Uses: Any educational or training environment focusing primarily on an asynchronous teaching and learning environment. Faculty development
Technical Requirements: The material is in a YouTube Video format with a supportive PDF document. Technical needs are: Internet connection, updated browser and PDF Reader.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: -Variety of testimonials from credible sources. -Candid perspectives on team/group work. -Brief video with supporting pdf materials. -Video includes a brief introduction and frames the context for the following content presented. -Video sections are clearly transitioned with the inclusion of section titles.
Concerns: - Video not easily replayed. - Instructions needed to download/read the pdf materials prior to watching the video. - Accessibility issues - can a visually and/or hearing impaired learner access the materials. For example, provide a transcript and captioning. - pop-up titles and transitions do not display long enough to read and comprehend.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: I think this module would be a very effective one to use when training new faculty on how to teach online. Many faculty as well as students think that collaboration and teamwork online is very difficult. The video and supplemental pdf emphasize the need to incorporate these techniques into course because student will have to work in a cooperative or collaborative environment once they leave school.
Concerns: -Focus heavily on defining team/group work, but little focus on "how to" facilitate and assess.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: This material is very easy to access, understand and use.
Concerns: None

Other Issues and Comments: Excellent resource.