Monash provides a variety of collaboration tools that you can use to support collaborative learning in your units. Some activity ideas are:
Brainstorming, mind-mapping, and idea generation activities
These types of activities support co-learning and idea creation. This can be done using physical, electronic or online whiteboards.
Discussions and debates
These types of activities encourage co-learning through exploring multiple views or perspectives. Forums and MS Teams can facilitate discussions asynchronously in a persistent space. Online synchronous conversations can be facilitated by video conferencing tools.
Zoom breakout rooms
Collaborative writing, group projects, sharing ideas, problem solving, and team analysis
These activities require students to learn how to work in teams and to give and receive feedback. Knowledge is applied in an integrated way.
Here is a comparison table for three technologies used for digital whiteboards. This can help inform your decision in selecting the appropriate technology for your activity.
Perusall is a social reading platform integrated into Moodle that allows students (and teaching staff) to digitally annotate readings and videos collaboratively (with text, links, and embedded content), and respond to each other’s comments and questions. View the resources on how to set up Perusall in your unit and Moodle site.
FeedbackFruits is a suite of tools within Moodle that allows students to share their work, give and receive feedback and grades, and gives a platform for educators to also provide feedback and allow for student interaction.
Zoom is a synchronous virtual meeting tool supporting communication using video, audio, screen-sharing and text chat. Zoom meetings are best for collaboration and include options to split groups into breakout rooms. Zoom meetings can generally include up to 300 participants.
Microsoft Teams is a collaboration platform that is ideal for group work. It supports synchronous and asynchronous activity via sharing of files, a number of different communication modes and a rich suite of integrated tools, for example Trello and Padlet boards.
Google Suite is useful for group activities or projects by allowing students to work synchronously or asynchronously. It is best for creating collaborative documents, quick editing and storing/managing files. It includes Google Drive, Meet, Jamboard and Sites.
Moodle allows for creating and delivering learning resources and activities and managing, monitoring and assessing student work. It supports building structures and sequences for learning. There is a range of tools that support collaborative functions which are generally asynchronous. View the Moodle activities page for additional information on the different tools available for collaboration.
Forum is a Moodle activity that facilitates asynchronous communication and collaboration between you and your students and amongst each other. Educators can create discussion topics or allow students to generate topics, depending on the forum type selected. Visit this resource to learn more about using Moodle Forums.