Adding interactive and collaborative elements gives students a wider variety of learning activities and methods. Varying the activity types, allowing for independent and collaborative elements as well as thinking about how your students will interact with learning, can help with engagement, development of skills and provides the opportunity for scaffolding and peer-to-peer as well as independent learning.
Some excellent tips for online icebreakers from @ChrisHeadleand. Please see the thread below.
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Office 365 and interactive/collaborative activities
Since office 365 allows 24/7 access to files and folders (as long as the permissions are set correctly) this means that students can access, contribute and add elements at a time. This makes this tool perfect for group work and collaboration. Below are some ideas that you can implement using Office 365.
OneNote and resource creation with students
Below you can find some links to relevant activities with using OneNote to create a shared resource with students. Staff were able to utilise the flexible nature of working and sharing documents to create a revision guide over the course of a few weeks. Students would add content in groups, which could then be used to share with the rest of the team. This was done asynchronously and synchronously depending on the need of the lecturer and students. It also enabled students to independently create resources (using the ‘student as producer’ ethos) by working with their peers and the lecture was able to scaffold the learning to develop the direction of the learning.
This same method can be utilised with other office 365 software to support development of learning materials/group presentations.
This can be a really useful tool to gather opinions, thoughts and information from the students to feed directly into your teaching. It can also be used as a sense-checking activity to discover the understanding of the class on themes or topics. Because feedback is live and instantaneous it can be a great tool to gain insight in real-time and can also help students feel connected to the session by being able to contribute quickly and easily.
Related Resources & Activities
Learning Recipe | Dynamic teaching with live audience response | Link to external (PDF)