2.4 Consolidation and intensification
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:
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 . However, a pedagogically justified approach does not mean a need to integrate many technologies. Based on the DigCompEdu Framework , 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