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2.4 Consolidation and intensification

2.4.1 Reflect

For finding the most purposeful approach for your online learning implementation, try to answer the following questions:

Consult Table 1 to reflect on the most purposeful team formation mode in your learning group:

2.4.2 Takeaways

Here you have some takeaways for forming teams online that may also serve as tips to get started:

2.4.3 Dig deeper

Here you have some additional information and sources for digging further into the issue of forming teams online:

Various competence levels of digital educators

Online teams are being used exponentially in higher education and business because of the development of technologies and globalization [1]. However, a pedagogically justified approach does not mean a need to integrate many technologies. Based on the DigCompEdu Framework [11], inspiration is offered for advancing online team formation and team building support on several competence levels. With limited time, a vast range of course content, and educators’ and students’ inadequate proficiency or apprehension with technology a gradual approach is often most rewarding, for example, starting on A levels (newcomer; explorer), continuing to B levels (integrator; expert) .and finalizing on C levels (leader; pioneer).

Collaborative learning is based on peer learning and sharing. On A levels, teams can be formed by the educator and published on the digital learning platform. For example, the educator combines teams to include different nationalities. Typical actors on A levels are newcomers, who make little use of digital technologies, and explorers, who use digital technology to engage learners. Typical actors on B levels are integrators, who fosters learners’ active use of digital technology, and experts, who use digital technology for actively engaging learners with the subject matter. Typical actors on B levels are leaders, who comprehensively and critically implement strategies for active learning, and pioneers, who innovates digital strategies for active learning.

Selection of warm-up activities (icebreakers)
Many traditional warm-up activities can be applied for virtual team building. Here are a few examples abundantely available online:

Selection of team building activities and templates
Team building activities