Collaborative/Peer Editing

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"Collaborative/Peer Editing" (web page; link has changed, but information below remains useful) "refers to a group of students who edit a document together."

  • "This can be done simultaneously in a face to face environment or in a distance education environment by using collaborative tools such as IM, and Whiteboards [or using the Virtual Classroom or Virtual Assignments in Lakehead's LMS]."
  • "Collaborative Editing can also be accomplished asynchronously by using tools such as Discussion Boards, and E-mail."
  • "Collaborative/Peer editing assignments can include projects, papers, presentations, and wikis."

1. Application

Collaborative/peer editing  has several benefits/uses:

  • "Allows students to co-author papers and projects"
  • "In large enrollment classes, ...allow[s] students to take 'community notes,' thus improving quality and consistency of note-taking."
  • "Streamlines the authoring and revision process; promotes coherence, structure, and stability in the document; increases the quality of the content"
  • "Increases communication abilities of students by requiring students to negotiate and collaborate"
  • "Allows ... users to keep and learn from prior versions of the content"
  • "Establishes a sense of community among learners participating at a distance"

2. Assignment Structure

The web page provides step-by-step directions and additional resources to set up collaborative/peer editing assignments for the following:

  • Face-to-face classes
  • Synchronous distance learning
  • Asynchronous distance learning

a. Face to Face

  • "Create the assignment.
  • "Create a set of guidelines for acceptable behavior in the group. For example":
    • "Will students be assigned specific jobs?"
    • "What is an acceptable level of participation and how will students be held accountable for their participation?"
  • "Create a set of guidelines for assessing student work. For example":
    • "Will students be graded on participation?"
    • "Will students be graded as individuals, as a group, or both?"
    • "Will the content be evaluated and how?"
    • Will the process be evaluated and how?"
  • "Assign students to a group to begin collaborative/peer editing."

b. Synchronous Distance Learning

  • "Create the assignment."
  • "Create a set of guidelines for acceptable behavior in the group. For example":
    • "Will students be assigned specific jobs?"
    • "What is an acceptable level of participation and how will students be held accountable for their participation?"
  • "Create a set of guidelines for assessing student work. For example":
    • "Will students be graded on participation?"
    • "Will students be graded as individuals, as a group, or both?"
    • "Will the content be evaluated and how?"
    • "Will the process be evaluated and how?"
  • "Assign students to the a group to begin collaborative/peer editing."
  • "To facilitate collaborative/peer editing in a synchronous environment the following communication tools may be utilized":
    • IM or Chat
    • Web Conferencing
    • Whiteboards

c. Asynchronous Distance Learning

  • "Create the assignment."
  • "Create a set of guidelines for acceptable behavior in the group. For example":
    • "Will students be assigned specific jobs?"
    • "What is an acceptable level of participation and how will students be held accountable for their participation?"
  • "Create a set of guidelines for assessing student work. For example":
    • "Will students be graded on participation?"
    • "Will students be graded as individuals, as a group, or both?"
    • "Will the content be evaluated and how?"
    • "Will the process be evaluated and how?"
  • "Assign students to the a group to begin collaborative/peer editing."
  • "To facilitate collaborative/peer editing in a synchronous environment the following communication tools may be utilized":
    • Discussion Boards
    • Wikis
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