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Teaching and Learning Remotely: Collaborative Projects

On Thursday July 2, 2020, DCAL hosted a panel discussion about collaborative projects in remote classrooms. For a copy of the transcript, see below.

After the panel there was a Q&A with the panelist and then attendees went into breakout rooms for deeper discussion. The following are some suggestions from instructors for collaborative projects based on those conversations

Group Division

  • Buddy first year students with upperclass students.
  • Divide students into groups based on time zones so that they are at the same place in their day when they get together.

Visiting Students in Breakout Rooms

  • Give them the power to get rid of you and keep working.
  • Announce your presence since it’s not always clear on Zoom when someone enters a room.

Synchronous Class Time

  • Flip your class so that students watch the lecture on their own time and class time can be spent on activities.
  • Suggest students use the same virtual background so that they have a sense of place. There may also be a disparity in locations that students log on from so the same background could provide the parity of a classroom.
  • Give time for reflection in a session and have students black out their screens to write and reflect.

Read more tips and reflections from Dartmouth faculty or share your own on the Teach Remotely site.

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