GSN Projects Registry

Content Overview

The following guidelines should be considered when choosing lessons, activities or projects for online collaboration:

  • Select 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.

  • Determine the 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

  • Determine the type of assessment or evaluation that is needed
    Assessment should be directly aligned to the defined goals.

  • Include the 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