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Tools of the trade: ‘Breaking the ice’ with virtual tools in online learning

McGrath, N., Gregory, S., Farley, H. and Roberts, P. (2014) Tools of the trade: ‘Breaking the ice’ with virtual tools in online learning. In: ASCILITE 2014: Rhetoric and Reality, 23 - 26 November 2014, Dunedin, New Zealand

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The reality is that online learning can be a daunting and lonely experience. This is why icebreakers can be a rewarding practice for both students and educators. The use of icebreakers allows students studying online to introduce themselves and become familiar with other members of the group and/or community. Not only are these icebreakers used as a starter within the first weeks of study, but they are also used to help motivate students throughout the course. Highlighted in this paper are particular online (virtual) tools that can be used as icebreakers within an online learning environment and help shift the view of isolation associated with learning online and create a more engaged community of practice with effective learning.

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