Exemplars of Collaborative Learning Design in Online Courses

Afsaneh Sharif
University of British Columbia, Canada

Manuel Dias
University of British Columbia, Canada


The Master of Educational Technology (MET) is a fully online graduate-level program offered by the University of British Columbia that has attracted students from over 35 countries. The program is designed for educators from different levels and diverse contexts such as K–12 teachers, college and university educators, adult/industry educators, and course/instructional designers. In this paper, we present two MET courses as exemplars of collaborative learning and student engagement in case format. Both courses were developed in WordPress, a blogging tool supported by the university, and adopted a similar approach where participants are peers in a professional network and instructors act as fellow peers or facilitators of learning. The content is publicly available with user-restricted access to learning activities.

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