The following guidelines should be considered when choosing lessons, activities or projects for online collaboration:
projects that have been "classroom tested"
Often an idea that sounds good in concept, can be difficult to implement. The more frequently a project has been implemented, the more likely participants will have a positive experience.
goals or objectives for collaboration
Collaboration implies a relationship and "shared learning" among participants. Individual goals and objectives can either be different or the same for participants. Each participant should be able to define the value of the collaboration for themselves and their students.
See examples of perceived benefits to online collaborative learning
Determine how the collaboration will support the required curriculum, content standards, and/or student achievement
type of assessment or evaluation that is needed
Assessment should be directly aligned to the defined goals.
appropriate partners for the type of collaboration
Criteria to consider when choosing collaborative partners might include age level, technical ability, language level, motivation, geographic origin, schedule availability and Internet access.
Determine the ratio of offline activities and online activities
Places to Find Collaborative Projects or Partners