reflective journal

June 3, 2013
by Oonagh Monaghan

Online communication and collaboration – poster design

The task for Group Two is to create a poster displaying a selection of tools for online learning. Content should include contributions from the Activity Wiki for Learning Block Two as well as any additional content you might want to add since beginning this course. All the Blackboard Group tools have been enabled and you are free to choose which ever you feel might be useful for this activity. 

The task: You will need to agree among yourselves the methods of decision making and working together as a team. The poster size and format can be anything you choose so long as it can be uploaded as single file document. You should also choose how to communicate with your group members. This is an opportunity to try Skype, a Google Hangout, set up a Facebook site or stay with traditional email. 

Collaborative online working can create a powerful learning environment but for maximum collaboration, everyone needs to feel comfortable with the chosen formats or be supported in stretching themselves to try something new. This activity is your opportunity to become tutors and manage an online learning experience among yourselves.  
The challenge is to work remotely as a team and be able to upload the poster or a link to the poster on the Activity Wiki page for Learning Block Four in two weeks time.
We are a three member group, myself, Julian Beckton and Mark Swainson.  We decided to use Google + to ‘hangout’ together using webcam and audio facilities.  We managed to talk also via email.  Initially we came up with some ideas for the content and then worked on some potential poster ideas.  My idea was to use Prezi for an animated poster which I am not sure totally fulfils the brief but hopefully does push the boundaries as to what is considered a poster in the online environment.