How Do You Build Online Communication Skills in Your Students?
Watching the recent Mural webinar with Jim Kalbach and Chris Herd where he "Says HQs Are Finished" (https://www.mural.co/blog/chris-herd-hq-webinar-recap) really got me thinking about the need to strengthen students' ability to succeed in an increasingly remote work environment.
I realized I should move beyond my initial goal - getting mine to be able to use the templates I prepare for them - to the objective of getting them to master the art of creating their own.
Another Mural webinar (they are SO enlightening), the one about education going "Suddenly Remote" with Ward Bullard and Glenn Fajardo ( https://www.mural.co/blog/suddenly-remote-education), was extremely helpful in opening my eyes to Self Determination Theory, which I translate as the educators' need, if we really want our students to be fully engaged so that they actually learn something, to give them what every young person wants: their own CAR.
That is, in everything we ask them to do, we need to:
a) make clear how diving in will help them develop a specific COMPETENCE they want;
b) give them some AUTONOMY in how they do it, and
c) show how said task has both a RELATEDNESS to their lives AND design it in such a way that it helps them build RELATEDNESS with each other. This second point is especially key given that opportunities for social contact between students have been and still are so limited.
That has informed every Mural design I have created so far.
Now I'd really like to see them go all the way up Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning and create their own. Here is my first attempt at encouraging them: https://app.mural.co/t/universityofeurope4294/m/universityofeurope4294/1621677913656/eeef281aa067c447a89381cfc8380e2d6c0ceaeb?sender=u2c88bef0badf9627d4357761.
If anyone has any ideas they'd like to share on how to build mastery-level competency in online collaboration, I'd love to know.