Tools of the trade: 'Breaking the ice' with virtual tools in online learning (2014)
Type of ContentConference Contributions - Published
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.
CitationMcGrath N, Gregory S, Farley H, Roberts P (2014). Tools of the trade: 'Breaking the ice' with virtual tools in online learning. Proceedings of ASCILITE 2014 - Annual Conference of the Australian Society for Computers in Tertiary Education. 470-474.
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KeywordsVirtual tools; online learning; icebreakers; student engagement; student participation; community practice
ANZSRC Fields of Research39 - Education::3904 - Specialist studies in education::390405 - Educational technology and computing
39 - Education::3904 - Specialist studies in education::390409 - Learning sciences
39 - Education::3902 - Education policy, sociology and philosophy
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