I am toying about with the idea of using a database or glossary to allow students to share, rate, contrast and collaborate on ideas to solve a problem.
I wish to focus more on the process than the actual end result.
You might want to check out some of the ideas in the Moodle Exchange and in the exchange samples in the demo.moodle.org site. There are some really nice ideas that have been shared that might be helpful.
I think a database or glossary could be used very easily for many types of collaborative work. Because I love to brainstorm, can you give me some ideas about the types of activites or content or things you might want to do?
I'm not looking to do anything directly at the moment. I'm more just on a quest for inspiration and ideas. I want to see where it takes me and what may grow from that.
I recently was shown a Moodle install where the school was using a choice activity to monitor bullying in the school. (the options were I'm not being bullied/ I am being bullied). The results were obviously private and the students could go in and change their mind at any time. It seemed like a nice way for students to provide feedback to teachers on problems they were facing.
I've decided to modify that a little and incorporate the Choice Quick block. My activity asks what your mood currently is and has options like (happy, thoughtful, creative, tired, inspired, bored and so on). I like it as it gets students to reflect on what their current mood is and I can get an idea of how the students are generally feeling in my classes.
Anyways, I'm rambling a bit but I only came up with this idea after being inspired by the first one. I like seeking out inspiration and just seeing where it goes.
Here are some good articles to give you ideas:
How old are your students? I'm trying a different approach with one of my senior classes. I've changed the permissions in roles so that students have (almost) all the editing rights of teachers. They can add new topics, activities, modules etc. so that they can create the course in the format they feel best serves their learning interests. This gives them a powerful incentive to work together. Also, I set work which is to be uploaded and specifically request they collaborate before they upload anything.
Results are not perfect (probably a culture change thing) but there's definite moves towards working together (usually amicably as well).
Hope this helps,
That sounds like a rather good idea.