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ERIC Number: ED422838
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Ten Great Tips for Facilitating Virtual Learning Teams.
Bailey, Margaret L.; Luetkehans, Lara
This paper presents tips for educators to integrate and facilitate virtual learning teams within online courses. The techniques are grounded in current research and theoretical foundations of systems theory and group dynamics. Tips emphasize facilitation of virtual learning teams, assembled for the purpose of formal education and supported by computer-mediated communication tools. Critical elements of virtual team learning are defined, including task/problem, team dynamics and interaction, team member roles, mediated communication, and facilitation. Tips are categorized as facilitating motivation and efficacy, problem-solving, skill building, knowledge construction, and conflict resolution. The ten techniques are: (1) help team members manage "cyberstress" by helping them feel connected to the facilitator and other team members; (2) plan frequent e-mail prompts to help team members overcome procrastination; (3) provide a variety of tools to support the different phases of problem solving; (4) assist team members when they struggle with achieving consensus; (5) assemble teams strategically based on task and talent; (6) provide timely and meaningful feedback; (7) scaffold topical discussions using a threaded discussion (asynchronous) tool; (8) encourage elaboration through questioning and hypertext linking; (9) discourage judgment, criticism, and personal attacks; and (10) intervene to highlight areas of common ground among conflicting team members. (DLS)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A