Creating a Shared Goal

This week in EIDT 6511 I was tasked with creating a discussion board prompt from a required resources this week. The resource i choose is: Palloff, R., & Pratt, K. (2007). Building online communities: Effective strategies for the virtual classroom. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. (Palloff, R., & Pratt, K., Promoting Collaborative Learning, Building Online Communities). Copyright 2007 John Wiley & Sons Inc. Used with permission from John Wiley & Sons Inc. via the Copyright Clearance Center.

My discussion prompt is as follows: Creating a Shared Goal In this week’s required reading Palloff & Pratt (2007) indicated that “an important element of community, whether it is face-to-face or online, is the development of shared goals” (p. 159). The creation of a shared goal can help students recognize that they are all in it together and help begin to form an online community. By Friday: Post your thoughts on how an instructor can build shared goals in an online course. What are some techniques you would recommend for building these goals. Also are there any drawbacks to these techniques. Be sure to support your ideas by citing resources from this week’s learning resources. Discussion Rubric: msidt-discussion-board-rubric

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2 thoughts on “Creating a Shared Goal

  1. I think an instructor’s best tool for building shared goals is clarity of expectations. This would include but not be limited to “a negotiation of guidelines an …an end of course evaluation of how well those goals were met” Palloff and Pratt). A discussion around the dynamics of interactions–instructor/learner, and learner/learner, would help to establish a tone of community and a shared sense of purpose. A drawback might be that some students might still fail to see the importance of collaboration and thus under-perform in collaborative settings.

    Resource:
    Palloff, R., & Pratt, K. (2007). Building online communities: Effective strategies for the virtual classroom. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

    • Asha,

      I agree that instructors need to have clear expectations in place for themselves and their students when it comes to online teaching. However, there is always a chance that students will still not participate even with the expectation for them to do so being clear. Oosterhof, A., Conrad, R.-M., & Ely, D. P. (2008) describes these individuals as “lurking nonparticipants who can intimidate and frustrate the community” (p.204). What advice would you give to someone who was dealing with a nonparticipant?

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