According to The Global Educator by Julie Lindsay, there are eight Norms of Online Global Collaboration. According to the text these norms are “typical or usual behaviors or actions to be practiced in synchronous and asynchronous modes when collaborating globally.” These norms include:
- Be Prepared
- Have Purpose
- Be able to Paraphrase
- Be able to Perceive
- Be Positive
- Be Productive
- Realize the Potential
In today’s blog I will be discussing the first two norms.
Norm 1 talks about being prepared. Lack of preparation in an educator is a big thing that allows a lot of global collaborations to fail. The reason being is they do not know how to prepare. Two ways the book teaches us to prepare is to connect and communicate. In order to connect, a global educator should first find like-minded partners for global collaboration and then determine what common tools they will be using to connect and collaborate. They should also make sure to test everything beforehand and work out the time zone differences. The way they should prepare for communication is decide on what communication activities students could do as well as how the teachers are going to communicate. They should also discuss what is appropriate for the students to say during discussion and what expectations are being held. They should also determine the different school’s schedules and when they might be closed for holidays so your schools know when they are able to communicate.
Norm 2 talks about how every connection, communication and eventual collaboration must have a purpose. You must plan to be successful! Some examples the book includes are a cultural exchange, inquiry and exploration into a topic or topics, global project, shared outcomes, and artifact exchange.
Check out this link to see activities for collaborative learning!