Questions for discussion
- How do we overcome reluctance of students to comment on each other’s work?
- Some students do not want to take part in collaborative work – how much should be mandatory?
- How does this tool align with other online collaborative tools (e.g. forums, synchronous meeting rooms)?
- Use of the tool within science at the OU is generally limited to pre-defined activities – should we encourage wider use for students to create (and share) their own resources?
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Keywords: online, communication skills, data presentation, peer-feedback, critical evaluation, posters, distance learning.
A number of Open University (OU) modules are exploring the use of the ‘OpenStudio’ tool, an online graphical interface similar to ‘Pinterest’, as a means to develop valuable employability skills such as communicating science and critical evaluation. Although the activities work well for many students, other students still struggle to engage in a timely manner and to fully complete the tasks even when they are linked to assessment.