Designing for teams: How to design a collaborative team-based online course
Team-based learning experience can improve learning outcomes in an online course environment because it encourages learners to learn from their team members. Additionally, teams improve learner accountability as learners are not just accountable to themselves but their teammates as well.
This webinar discusses how to design team learning in an online environment. In order to provide the best opportunities for team success, best practices and tips from facilitating numerous online courses are shared:
- Teams formed by the learners do better than ones formed by course administrators
- By making individual and team questions publicly available, learners can more easily find potential complementary teammates
- Course providers should limit team size and give clear expectations about roles and responsibilities
- The optimal online team size is around 4-6, enough to engage with many ideas, but not so many that it becomes overwhelming
Team leads can also be instrumental in promoting successful teams. Since team leads either initiate team formation step up and assume leadership responsibilities, team leads can push team forward to achieve team success, especially with guidance from the teaching team.
If you want to know more about how to design more effective team learning experience, watch the full version of the webinar here.