5 collaboration tools to help you foster Student collaboration in teaching
By Tim Vincent and Nicola Waters
There are several collaboration tools used in teaching that can promote active learning both in lectures/class and outside the classroom. They offer a rich platform for students to engage with each other and contribute to the class actively. As online tools, they also enable engagement to continue outside the classroom, providing an ongoing participation beyond teaching sessions. Have a go with one of these supported tools:
Padlet is a ‘digital pinboard’, a website that offers a customisable blank page on which participants can post content – text, thoughts, comments, responses, photos, weblinks, video. To set up a Padlet, you simply create a free account, create a board, customise its settings, share the URL with your learners. They go to the address on their computer or mobile device and start collaborating. See our other blog post for more ideas on how it can help your teaching.
Sign up for a free account at Padlet.com (restricted to three boards)
Microsoft Word Online is a full web version of Word – students can share a document with selected peers and all of them work collaboratively on one version (instead of sharing multiple versions by email!). You could create an exercise for the students to work on and they can then present it immediately or submit it subsequently.
Here is some guidance on how to use Word Online to collaborate.
EduBlogs is a website and blog tool provided as an education-specific version of the highly successful WordPress. WordPress is an opensource blogging and content management system that has multiuser and multi-blogging features delivered in a contemporary design. It is a flexible system to use with your students to foster online communication and/or web-based projects/content.
Free to use via the University of Brighton. Sign up via this support page.
Studentcentral (Blackboard): Wiki Studentcentral’s Wiki tool allows information to be collated and organised by different people on the same page. Wikis are great tools for collaborative research and planning tasks. Using the version on studentcentral means it is located with all their other existing resources, secure, and fully supported.
Read more about how to create and use Blackboard Wikis on the University of Brighton website.
Nearpod combines your content slides with interactions for students to engage with and it delivers it via mobile devices. There are a wide variety of interactions: As well as quizzes and free-text responses, you can add a corkboard, chalkboard or even a sketchpad to slides which can be edited by anyone who has the link!
Read more about how you can collaborate with Nearpod here
At BSMS we hope to foster a supportive community of innovation. We also invite you to share your experiences of using TEL in your curriculum delivery.
Do you have any experience in using these tools in lectures that you would like to share? Please complete the form on our BSMS TEL Demo Area.
If you have any queries or would like guidance on using any of these tools in your teaching, contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.