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Online Engagement in VLEs.pdf

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http://reflective-online-teaching.blogspot.com/ Blog entries written by Prof. Jonathan Acuña
Online Engagement in VLEs:
 A Short Reflection on Cooperative Learning 
There are intrinsic challenges related to student-centered learning in an online course. In addition, designing and redesigning activities to promote collaborative learning is also demanding. But even though, it is quite well understood that this learning philosophy is extremely important in today
education; there are certain things that we instructors must keep in the lookout.  Among the challenges one can anticipate while facilitating a student-
centered, autonomous activity in one’s current or future online course, instructors
must understand what formal cooperative learning entitles.
Making pre-instructional decisions: 
 Several decisions need to be made by the teacher before s/he asks the class to break up into small groups to fulfill a task. This is not just a random organization of students; learners have to be thoughtfully grouped.
http://reflective-online-teaching.blogspot.com/ Blog entries written by Prof. Jonathan Acuña
Explaining the cooperative nature of the exercise: 
 The teacher must explain the learning objective to achieve and how students can succeed in its completion by working cooperatively. Cooperation implies a joint effort to succeed, not individual work.
Monitoring and assistance through the process 
: The instructor is present through the process to assist and keep track of what is or is not happening to provide feedback that can lead to success. Students do not have to feel lonely.
Final assessment for the whole process and group: 
 This needs to highlight the individual and group accountability for the completion and quality of the task and its result. The idea behind cooperative learning is to facilitate the building of knowledge by at least two people. Without the cooperation of students in class, it will be very difficult to achieve any kind of cooperative learning in an online teaching setting. The fittest students are the ones who can cooperatively work together towards the achievement of learning outcomes that benefit the groups and their members, not vice versa where members benefit themselves without helping others learn. Johnson, D. & Johnson, R. (n.d.) An Overview of Cooperative Learning. Retrieved on May, Sat 10, Cooperative Learning Institute Interaction Book Company Website: http://www.co-operation.org/home/introduction-to-cooperative-learning/ 
http://reflective-online-teaching.blogspot.com/ Blog entries written by Prof. Jonathan Acuña
To fully comprehend the scope of this teaching reflections, it is highly advisable that the following topics must be expanded further:
Understanding Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs)
 Autonomous Learning Vs. Cooperative Learning
Types of Cooperative Learning
Steps Towards Cooperative Learning
Professor Jonathan Acuña-Solano ELT Trainer, Instructor & Curriculum Developer based in Costa Rica  Active NCTE
 Costa Rica Member Resource Teacher & Curricular Developer at CCCN  Senior ELT Instructor at Universidad Latina, Costa Rica, since 1998 Contact Information: Twitter @jonacuso 
Email:  jonacuso@gmail.com
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