Faculty Focus produced a great report titled “Student Collaboration in the Online Classroom.” I especially liked the article by Dr. Teshia Young Roby which gives advice on peer collaboration in online classes.
“17 Tips for Successfully Including Peer Collaboration in an Online Course”
- Get rid of preconceptions.
- Adapt and adopt existing collaborative exercises.
- Begin with a manageable amount of collaboration.
- Consider a course orientation.
- Make the collaboration a stated course outcome.
- Teach students how to collaborate.
- Provide structure for and require deliverables from the students.
- Organize the student groups early and stabilize the groups throughout the course.
- Create groups of 3 to 5 students.
- Instruct groups to report large problems.
- Provide feedback often.
- Carefully choose discussion topics.
- Prepare in advance for chat room discussions.
- Organize the discussion board for productive discourse.
- Constantly facilitate and monitor online collaboration.
- Promote peer collaborations through grading.
- Receive student feedback on collaboration exercises.
To access the report, go to