July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Electrical and Computer
While online teaching and learning during a pandemic has presented some unique challenges, it has also paved the way for some transformative opportunities. Courses that rely on a mathematical and problem-solving based approach have traditionally benefited from collaborative learning. Collaboration in the classroom provides a structure for student-centered peer instruction, while also fostering connections and building relationships. Research supports the positive impact of collaborative learning, especially for students who are disadvantaged and/or less-prepared- a group that is already disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and online learning. The shift to remote learning has forced us to reimagine collaborative problem-solving in the online space.
In this work, we share our observations and student feedback on the use of Zoom breakout rooms, Microsoft Whiteboard, and a graphics tablet to facilitate collaboration using shared-ink in a synchronous online Electrical Circuits II course. Using the combination of asynchronous content, video conferencing rooms, and collaboration tools, we have been able to replicate, as closely as possible, a collaborative problem-solving experience for students. This paper will document the related pedagogical design, virtual classroom implementation, qualitative student feedback, and classroom observations by an evaluation consultant.
Abraham, S., & Bankhead, R. B., & Dorsey, J. M. (2021, July), Collaborative Problem Solving in a Virtual Electrical Circuits Class Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36810
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