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Icebreakers in Online Learning: Why and How
Short simple slide share on the value of icebreakers.
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Icebreakers can be simple or highly creative, but no matter what your deisgn, it is essential to insure it draws in and connects the students. The foundation and tone for the class are set in this first activity.
Breaking the ice: Supporting collaboration and the development of community online
From the Abstract:
Icebreakers are fun activities that help people get to know each other. These activities can potentially ameliorate the perceived distance in online learning environments. Two author-developed icebreakers were used in a preliminary study involving university undergraduates and instructors in online environments. Respondents took part in an icebreaker at the start of a semester and at the mid-point after which they completed a questionnaire about perceived value of icebreakers. Early results were positive and have led to recommendations for practice.
You'll find some interesting icebraker ideas in the the appendix of this full text research paper.
Dixon , J., Crooks, H., & Henry, K. (2006). Breaking the ice: supporting collaboration and the development of community online. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 32(2), Retrieved from http://cjlt.csj.ualberta.ca/index.php/cjlt/article/view/51/48%22
Check the icebreakers in appendix A
Looking for activities to break the ice online?
On Monday I will begin my new job. As I’ve mentioned before, I will be working as a Technology Resource Specialist as well as teaching a couple of classes. As always, I am nervous and excited for the first day of school, and eager to meet a new group of students.
Whether you are in a traditional classroom setting, or an online learning community, ice-breakers play a vital role in developing a sense of community in a learning environment.
Here's a wiki with many resources on ice-breaking and online community development.
In an online environment, human interaction does not just happen naturally. Your online students need a way to get to know you, the instructor, and others. There are several ways to encourage your students to interact with each other. The idea is to be creative and set several guidelines for students to follow in order to stimulate asynchronous discussions.
"All of my classes, regardless of student age or demographics – elementary gifted students or graduate students, begin with ice-breakers and team-building activities. I recently developed a passion for using students’ mobile devices to do so as this devices have become natural and personalized extensions of students’ “selves.”"
it looks good:-)
This is one of the first resources to actively use digital tools to upgrade the minutes before instruction starts. In my professional experience this would be very useful. I think this is a new area that can be developed further to build in opportunities for students to use technology to deepen their learning. What do you think? Would you use this new resource?
Done similar things with Padlet.
On Monday I will begin my new job. As I've mentioned before, I will be working as a Technology Resource Specialist as well as teaching a couple of classes.
In an effort to bring my own classroom to the present, I’ve put together a list of 10 icebreakers that use technology and fit with 21st century students:
Ways to interact and reate community with your leaners.
Many of us are beginning new classes with new learners. The first days of class are very important for helping our students begin to build relationships with their peers. Getting to know you activities are fun and help us ensure we have a semester full of lasting memories.
ALWAYS begin your online courses with some kind of icebreaking activity!
EdWorld's Back to School archive page offers loads of useful articles and 12 volumes of icebreakers and first day of school activities to help students and teachers get to know each other.
Although these activities are designed for traditional classrooms, you may find ideas that will work in your online classes.
Creating a safe and accepting sense of community in the online classroom begins with an icebreaker that allows everyone to connect. ~ Dennis