Video Presentations

How Can Document Sharing Tools Help Students Collaborate?

How Do I Assign Students to Groups?

How Do I Get More Students to Participate in Class?

How Do I Create Engaging Threaded Discussion Questions?

Additional Information and Resources

How Can Document Sharing Tools Help Students Collaborate?
Presented by: Dr. John Orlando

During this 20 minute program, you will:

  • Understand the value of collaborative projects for learning
  • Learn how to choose the best document sharing system for different types of projects
  • Know how to set up group projects using document sharing systems
  • Be able to track students' contributions to group projects

You can view an optional transcript (69 KB) of the video presentation. There is a handout (2,957 KB) of the presentation to use while viewing the video, and the video supplement (1,699 KB) includes step-by-step instructions for setting up Wikis, Google Docs, and Adobe Buzzword.

How Do I Assign Students to Groups?
Presented by: Dr. Ike Shibley

By participating in this 20 minute program, you will learn:

  • The benefits of group work for learning course material
  • How to differentiate between formal and informal groups
  • How to follow a decision tree to decide on group composition, number of group members and group grading policies

You can view an optional transcript (59 KB) of the video presentation. There is a handout (263 KB) of the presentation to use while viewing the video, and the video supplement (133 KB) provides guidelines for setting up your own groups.

How Do I Get More Students to Participate in Class?
Presented by: Dr. Maryellen Weimer

During this 20 minute program, you will learn how to:

  • Better encourage students who rarely participate to speak more often
  • Provide other participation opportunities, such as brief written exercises or small group discussion, to help generate contributions
  • Move beyond seeing reluctant participators as a problem
  • Limit the participation of students who speak too often
  • Find something positive to say about a first-time contribution

You can view an optional transcript (62 KB) of the video presentation. There is a handout (282 KB) of the presentation to use while viewing the video, and the video supplement (77 KB) presents strategies to increase the number of students who participate in class.

How Do I Create Engaging Threaded Discussion Questions?
Presented by: Dr. John Orlando

During this 20 minute program, you will learn:

  • The difference between good and bad discussion questions
  • Why questions written for a test or essay do not work in an online environment
  • How to tease out a good question from different subject matter
  • Key do's and don'ts to consider in writing good online discussion questions

You can view an optional transcript (61 KB) of the video presentation. There is a handout (2,960 KB) of the presentation to use while viewing the video, and the video supplement (62 KB) presents examples of how to manage both face-to-face and online discussions.