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Developing a community of learners: On-shore and offshore students blogging together

Hobson, J. (2009) Developing a community of learners: On-shore and offshore students blogging together. In: Teaching and Learning Forum 2009: Teaching and learning for global graduates, 29 - 30 January 2009, Curtin University, Western Australia


This paper reports on the outcomes of a pilot project, which aimed to build a community across the on-shore / offshore divide amongst Murdoch students. The overall goal was to assist offshore students to develop their critical thinking skills by giving them a space to dialogue with peers. The design of the project was informed by the work at Harvard's Project Zero on 'Making Thinking Visible'. The construction of the blogs was part of a group assessment for a 4-point credit bearing unit, TLC 277 From University to Workplace run in a face-to-face mode on the Murdoch campus by Dr Julia Hobson. The off-shore were students enrolled through SMa in a final year unit, MCC307 Campaign Management run by Senior Lecturer, Kate Fitch and were required to make three comments onto a blog to gain 5% of their overall grade. The project involved training and support from the Library's Emerging Technologies Specialist, Kathryn Greenhill. Both the number of postings to the blogs and the quality of the engagement with ideas indicate that this was a successful and enjoyable 'teaching moment' for all the students involved.

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