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The Power of Assessment and Collaboration in eLearning

As digital platforms continue to reshape the way we acquire knowledge, the significance of not just evaluating individual performance but also fostering collaborative skills becomes paramount.

In this week’s episode, we unpack the challenges and opportunities surrounding the assessment of collaboration in e-learning courses. We’ll provide you with valuable insights and practical approaches to encourage meaningful collaboration in the virtual classroom.


Essential Learning Points:

  • Why does collaborative learning often face challenges in online courses, particularly in terms of assessment?
  • How can grading rubrics be effectively used to assess discussion behaviors in collaborative online learning?
  • Steps involved in creating a discussion grading rubric
  • What does research suggest about the effectiveness of small-group collaborative learning in online environments?


Key Quotes:

  • “Collaborative learning will be more successful when it is valued.”
  • “An effective approach is to develop grading rubrics that assess specific discussion behaviors.”
  • “Careful structuring of small-group collaborative work is particularly important for successful online collaboration.”
  • “It is important to assess both the processes and the products of collaboration.”
  • “The constructive nature of collaborative learning suggests that the experience might be enhanced by collaboratively designing assessments.”

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