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Assessment Technique: Collaborative Authorship

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One method of supporting social co-construction of knowledge is through collaborative communication. For example learners can read a novel that doesn’t have a complete ending, then write a final chapter, and post their submissions to a class blog for others to read and respond. Collaborating with other learners (authors) enhances their reading experience. This simple activity will help learners to think deeply about the book and about writing. It will also encourage them to write with a purpose, to think critically about what they write, to read what others have produced, and to compare their own work with the work of others. It is worth noting that having learners post their work on the Web inspires many of them to take their work more seriously by reflecting on what they are about to let many individuals read. (Jonassen, 1999)

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In order to address more learning styles you may want to add podcasting to student blogs.

  • Educator’s Tips for podcasting – RECAP provides a series of "educator’s tips" covering a range of podcasting topics that are presented in a very concise way. The items are updated regularly and, where appropriate, they have included links to other web sites with further advice and information.
  • Room 208 – Click on the Bit by Bit icon on the left-hand-side of the screen to listen to Bob Sprankle’s series of podcasts on how to podcast.

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