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Eight Norms of Online Global Collaboration to support global collaborative educators and students.
Educators who participate in online global collaboration need support and help
understanding how to build engaging and successful relationships with others
at a distance so that the deeper global learning is realised. The ‘Norms of
Global Collaboration’ are typical or usual behaviours and actions to be
practiced in synchronous and asynchronous modes when collaborating
Following these eight norms will likely ensure successful collaboration.
This first norm is one of the most important. So many potentially excellent
global collaborations fail because educators are not prepared, largely because
they do not know what to prepare for.
Use your PLN and PLCs to find like-minded partners for global
Determine what common tools you will use to connect and collaborate
Test all tools beforehand to make sure you have access at school (and
at home as needed). This may the first time you use online
collaborative tools to connect your students beyond the classroom
therefore choosing and testing is most important.
Workout time zone differences and what is possible synchronously as
well as preparing for asynchronous connections
Work out how teachers will communicate during the collaboration and
test this well before students come together
Decide what communication activities will take place between teachers
and then between students - synchronous meetups? asynchronous
Work out student communication protocols and make sure all
participants agree on these
Determine the expectations for communication during the collaboration
- every day? every week? students? teachers?
Agree on the READ, RECEIVE and RESPOND systems and protocols
for all participants
Collect holiday and out of school information from each participating
school so everyone knows when there may be no responses coming
Every connection, communication and eventual collaboration must have a
purpose. Planning is the key to success!
Typical purposes include:
Inquiry and exploration into a topic(s)
Global project - short or longer - curriculum-based
Shared outcomes - student summit
Artefact exchange and/or co-creation
The norm ‘paraphrasing’ is about fostering clear communication skills for
Use clear, global language at all times
Use alternative language for better understanding
Do not expect colloquial sayings and local phrases to be understood
Question actively for intercultural understanding
Norms of Online
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True perception or understanding takes astute communication.
Make sure you understand the parameters of the global collaboration
Be comfortable asking for help to keep on track
Share knowledge and understanding in order to propel the learning
Make sure all members of the collaboration understand how and where to
contribute and what the expectation is for doing this reliably.
Be visible online during the collaboration
Be a reliable and regular contributor
Respond to others in a timely and constructive manner
Positive intentions are assumed at all times. The goal is for the collaboration to
be constructive in an educational context.
Encourage a positive and constructive approach at all times
Share global digital citizenship best practices
Build empathy amongst learners
Celebrate achievements along the way
A well-designed online global collaboration is about flattened learning and
creating something to share or co-creating artefacts between students and
Collaborate and share information and ideas
Create outcomes to share and encourage responses
Make outcomes visible to the outside world
Encourage students to compare, contrast, reflect
Aim to build knowledge together and co-create artefacts
Serendipitous learning happens when you least expect it. This final norm is
about being aware of and fostering these unintended learning opportunities
whenever and wherever they happen during the global collaboration. It may be
that some plans are altered on the run, it may be that outcomes are tweaked
or it may be that connections and working time is extended in order to fully
maximise the learning.
Be prepared for new experiences and unintended learning outcomes
Be flexible and deviate from the plan
Realise the potential of individual learners as they connect globally
Make sure you are able to realise the ... Potential
Make sure you are able to be... Productive
Make sure you are... Positive
Make sure you are able to... Participate
Make sure you are able to... Perceive
Make sure you are able to... Paraphrase
Make sure you have a... Purpose
Make sure you are... Prepared
©Julie Lindsay | @julielindsay | Julie@flatconnections.com | http://flatconnections.com | Last updated June 2015