Collaborative activity for the 4th Unit of the #twinmooc

The fourth Unit of the “Open eTwinning” MOOC asks participants to devise a collaborative activity and integrate it into their draft project plan. As regards my draft plan, I think there are two general ways to induce collaboration in the project, provided that it is mainly developed through the internet and there is no provision for face-to-face meetings.
To start with suggestions from my peers in this MOOC, a possible way is to engage students from different schools in discussions about the fore coming experiment, the underlying theory, the expected results, the effects of it in our everyday life, etc. In this way, students from all schools meet online to discuss all stages of the development of the experiment and each school is equally involved in each stage. Another way is to appoint different tasks in each school, for example one school would have to create a presentation about the experiment, another about the underlying theory, and so on. Here, schools are interdependent in running the experiment and students are more involved in peer-to-peer teaching for they have to present their part of work to their peers. That does not necessarily mean that partner schools work in isolation while doing their part of the task or that the communication is one-way only; partners can ask questions or offer suggestions to the school which is in charge of the activity or early results of the task can be shared and discussed with the partners.
Of course, depending on the idiosyncrasies, demands, and preferences of the schools and partners involved, a combination of the above general methods can be employed. In essence, the possibilities are endless and the limit is only the imagination of the partners.

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Associate teacher at the Master of Arts in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching at the University of Nottingham

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