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Online Collaboration Assessment

Posted on: June 15, 2011

Assessing a Collaboration Project


For this discussion post, you are in the role of an online instructor who has assigned a website to be built by groups comprised of four students each in your course in Multimedia Web Design. This is a capstone project for the course and you have had the opportunity to observe each student’s level of cognitive attitude, technical ability and participation in the course through other collaborative projects, like the Discussion Board. You are entering the last two weeks of the course, and by now, peer to peer relationships have been established and your role now is to function as a learning guide.

Reflect on your role as a learning guide and how best to approach your students, now that they have become more independent. In your previous online courses, reflect upon an instructor who has handled this transitional role well and draw from it as you develop this week’s post.

Reflect on your role as a student and how it has been for you working in groups for academic projects in the past. What have you learned that you can take forward with this assignment?

For this week’s post:

Please describe how you would:

  1. Form the groups for the Captstone Project
  2. Communicate Best Practices for helping the group to manage the project
  3. Establish roles for the project
  4. Assess both individual and group performance
  5. Design rubrics for this assessment

Here is the rubric that your post will be evaluated by the following rubric.  Click on this link, scroll to the very bottom of the page and locate the rubric for Discussion Posts.

Post by Wednesday: Please post your response to the class Discussion Board by Wednesday of this week.

Friday: Review the Discussion Board posts and enter in to any discussion to add and expand the discussion.

Sunday: Again, review all the responses to your initial post and follow up with any conversations that you have been participating in to date.


2 Responses to "Online Collaboration Assessment"

Hi Deborah,

This is a solid start to the discussion forum. The background provides the needed information to know what this discussion forum is about and the role I need to take as I’m responding. The requirements are also clearly stated and the numbered format helps and can be viewed as a checklist mentality that learners can check off as they complete each one, which can act as their self-assessment (Oosterhof, Conrad, & Ely, 2008). For step 5, adding some links for programs they can utilize to create the rubric could prove to be a benefit for the learners and/or adding a sample rubric they can model after could provide better developed rubrics, which would help the instructor in grading because it takes less time to assess things that are well developed than those that aren’t (Oosterhof, Conrad, & Ely, 2008).

Good set up for a discussion forum!



Oosterhof, A., Conrad, R.-M., & Ely, D. P. (2008). Assessing Learners Online. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.


Great job her with your multi-media layout and overall conceptual design. I think your multi-media layout is excellent because you describe the context of the discussion without overburdening the learner with extraneous information and the format is easily understood by the learners by keeping it concise and straightforward. “The most relevant elements in a science of learning are (a) dual channels—the idea that humans possess separate channels for processing visual and verbal material; (b) limited capacity—the idea that each channel can process only a small amount of material at any one time; and (c) active processing—the idea that deep learning depends on the learner’s cognitive processing during learning (e.g., selecting, organizing, and integrating).” (Mayer, R. E. 2008)

Your discussion questions are interesting and would be very pertinent for students preparing for the Capstone Project. Five questions is a good choice because it makes the assignment challenging enough for assessment accountability. “Assessment of activities should consider the appropriate level of individual accountability needed for collaborative activities to be successful.” (Oosterhof, A., Conrad, R.-M., & Ely, D. P. 2008) The Walden link and Discussion rubric is functional and I like the integrated design using these available resources to implement the assignment goal.

Mayer, R. E. (2008). Applying the science of learning: Evidence-based principles for the design of multimedia instruction. American Psychologist, 63(8), 760-769. doi:10.1037/0003

Oosterhof, A., Conrad, R.-M., & Ely, D. P. (2008). Assessing Learners Online. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

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