Here is an interesting article in Educause Quarterly about the value of “public” performance: http://www.educause.edu/EDUCAUSE+Quarterly/EDUCAUSEQuarterlyMagazineVolum/DeathtotheDigitalDropboxRethin/213672
The key takeaways are:
- Requiring students to submit work privately using a digital dropbox (or even worse, e-mail) can be a destructive pedagogical practice.
- Students benefit from public performance and public critique because people have to perform in the “real world” and are regularly subject to critique.
- Online faculty should strive to incorporate authentic, real-world types of experiences in the online courses they teach — including public performance and the accompanying public feedback.
(By Patrick R. Lowenthal and David Thomas | November 2010)
When I have my students create projects, I usually have them submit the file or link to me in a Blackboard assignment, share or discuss their project during class, and also post their project file or link in a discussion board to share with their classmates.
How do you have your students “turn in” their projects?
What is the best way for students to share projects with each other?
What is the best way for students to share projects with the public?
Here is another benefit of sharing projects. As an observer in one COE class last week, the faculty member suggested that while the students were going to have to create 4 lesson plans on specific topics, they would leave the course with close to 80 lesson plans on a wide variety of topics because they would pool all the lesson plans created by the all the students in the course!