E-Learning 2.0: Out with Online Group Projects and In with Virtual Teams!

Does this sound familiar? Itís the week you roll out the group project in your online course. Youíre watching the discussion board and the email trails. In each group, a student cautiously emerges as the discussion leaderóyou can tell that he or she doesnít want to appear controlling, but is eager to begin. One or two other students check in and dutifully reach out to the rest of the group, hoping to hear from their partners, but are not really invested in the possibility of a reply. Some students donít jump in at all. And so it goes . . . Not only do your spirits sag as you preside over another uninspiring group project, but you are increasingly concerned about studentsí abilities to effectively navigate collaborative projects in their future workplace.

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