Tools of the trade: breaking the ice with virtual tools in online learning

McGrath, Naomi and Gregory, Sue and Farley, Helen and Roberts, Pauline (2014) Tools of the trade: breaking the ice with virtual tools in online learning. In: 31st Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Conference (ASCILITE 2014): Rhetoric and Reality: Critical Perspectives on Educational Technology, 23-26 Nov 2014, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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The reality is that online learning can be a daunting and lonely experience. This is why icebreakers can be a rewarding practice for both students and educators. The use of icebreakers allows students studying online to introduce themselves and become familiar with other members of the group and/or community. Not only are these icebreakers used as a starter within the first weeks of study, but they are also used to help motivate students throughout the course.
Highlighted in this paper are particular online (virtual) tools that can be used as icebreakers within an online learning environment and help shift the view of isolation associated with learning online and create a more engaged community of practice with effective learning.

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2015 05:56
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2018 01:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: virtual tools; online learning; icebreakers; student engagement; student participation; community practice
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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