From access and participation to collaboration

Posted December 21, 2007 from United States

I thought this was a good overview of the process to get the GWLN participants engaged in the online community and eventually working collaborative to solve problems. I particularly like the stepwise representation. I know from my online classes that there is a progression and it is important to provide structured activities to walk newcomers through each step, until they "get it".

5 Stages from

  1. Access & Motivation - exploring the technology and access to it. Winning the learner's trust, motivating participants
  2. Socialisation - social processes and 'community building'
  3. Information Exchange - exchanging information and performing tasks, interaction with the course content and with other participants and the moderator
  4. Knowledge Construction - knowledge development, discussion activities and group dynamics
  5. Development - reflection and group learning

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