COLiE Collaborative On-line Learning in Education

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Welcome

This website is a place where I put information about Collaborative On-line Learning in Education (COLiE).  My research interest is about understanding what makes professional learning in organizations efficient, effective and reliable.    Michael Moroney (PhD)
I have developed a tool that small groups of learners have successfully used to help them to evaluate how well they are able to learn together.  I have developed the Community Health Assessment Tool (CHAT) to help groups of learners to evaluate the learning capacity of their community.  This tool helps learners to identify the challenges that they face and thereafter they can strategize ways to improve how their community learns. The design of CHAT is informed by Cultural Historical Activity Theory. 

Community Health Assessment Tool (CHAT)

Introduction

The Community Health Assessment Tool (CHAT) is a sequence of questions that a learning community may use to identify opportunities to improve the way that their community learns. It is a tool that could, for instance, be used by a group of teachers that are learning together in a professional development programme. It is an especially useful tool for teachers to use when the members of a group need to communicate on-line.   The CHAT has six discussion areas to be considered in a group learning evaluation: 1. The people in the group and whether or not there is the right mix of skills, personalities, knowledge and expertise to complete their project successfully. 2. The common purpose of the group; whether or not there is a common agenda that all the team agrees to. 3. The tools (protocols, guidelines, technologies) that the group uses. 4. The rules that the team uses to ensure that work is completed by the group. 5. The impact and influence of environmental factors on group performance. 6. The distribution of tasks to different people in the team. Here are the six discussion areas that teams might consider when they are looking for ways to improve the quality of the work/learning that they collectively achieve.

 1. “Group Membership” CHAT questions

These questions are about the makeup of the team and whether or not there is sufficient expertise, experience and ability to complete all the tasks the team must accomplish. 1. Is there enough expertise and experience within your team to achieve work goals?  If your project means creating statistics then do you have someone in the team that can do this or are you sure that you will be able to learn this? 2. Are discussions between team members free, open and focused on achieving goals? 3. Are there cultural, gender, age or language challenges that need to be overcome by  team membership? 4. Are there historical or personality differences within the team that might distract the group from focusing on achieving work goals? 5. Do team members know and trust each other already? 6.  Are there relationships of respect and challenge between team members?

2. “Group Purpose” CHAT questions

This part of the questionnaire is about how strongly the team is focused on achieving common goals.  It is about a team having a common purpose and a collective agenda that helps the team achieve its goals. 1. Is the purpose and function of the team agreed and understood by all group members? 2. is the team purpose written down? 3. Is the team purpose discussed and agreed? 4. Is the team purpose suitable for helping team members to stay focused on achieving team goals? 5. Do all team members contribute towards the development of a team agenda and related purpose statements?

3. “Group Tools” CHAT questions

This part of the questionnaire is a set of questions about the digital tools (e.g. project management tools), sets of guidelines (e.g. a protocol for discussion contributions), language tools (e.g. linguistic code shifting to aide communication) and any other aides that the team can use to help it to perform. 1. Are the tools used by the group suitable for helping group members to achieve group goals and aspirations? 2. Is the current set of tools both necessary and sufficient to support team aspirations? 3. Are the tools able to be used by everyone in the group? 4. Is there a process and resources available that people may use to help them to learn how to use tools? 5. Are there better or different tools that could be used to help improve team performances?

4. “Group Rules” CHAT questions

This part of the questionnaire relates to the need for order within the team.  It needs to be clear to team members what is expected of them and what they should do in a particular situation.  Generally rules may be devised to help ensure that the team is able to stay on track to achieve it’s goals. 1. Are their guidelines in place to ensure that members contribute reliably and fairly to group activities? 2. Are there guidelines in place that can be used to deal with all possible team scenarios? 3. Are there rules designed to ensure that all members of the team will feel valued and respected for their views and opinions? 4. Are rules clearly written down, properly understood and agreed by everyone? 5. Are there too many rules or not enough rules?

5. “Team Environment” CHAT questions

These questions are about the support and challenges of the environment in which the team works.  1. Can the team draw on external resources and expertise when it needs to? 2. Are there external challenges that make it difficult for the team to achieve goals? 3. Do team members need to respond to external agendas that conflict with their own team agenda?

6. “Group Roles” CHAT questions

This part of the questionnaire is about identifying the different roles that need to be allocated within the team so that all project tasks are assigned. 1. Has the team established a list of team roles that are to be distributed to team members? 2. Is there a team process for awarding roles effectively and fairly to team members? 3. Do team member roles match team member skills and experience? 4. What does the team do when there is nobody available that has the experience, knowledge (or willingness) to adopt on a role in the team? 5. What rationale and process does the team use to agree who should do what work? 6. Are activities completed by lots of people or just a few at a time? 7. Does the team have a plan for if one or more members of the team find that they cannot complete tasks that have been assigned to them?   Are there single points of failure in the organisation of the team - that is to say are there mission critical roles that can only be carried out by one member of the community?

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COLiE Collaborative Online  Learning in Education

Welcome

This website is a place where I put information about Collaborative On-line Learning in Education (COLiE).  My research interest is about understanding what makes professional learning in organizations efficient, effective and reliable. Michael Moroney (PhD)    
I have developed the Community Health Assessment Tool (CHAT) to help groups of learners to determine how well they learn together.  The CHAT helps learners to identify the challenges that are limiting their learning and thereafter how they can strategize ways to improve collective learning. The design of CHAT is informed by Cultural Historical Activity Theory. 
Activity theory traingle diagram

Introduction

The Community Health Assessment Tool (CHAT) is a sequence of questions that a learning community may use to identify opportunities to improve the way that their community learns. It is a tool that could, for instance, be used by a group of teachers that are learning together in a professional development programme. It is an especially useful tool for teachers to use when the members of a group need to communicate on-line.   The CHAT has six discussion areas to be considered in a group learning evaluation: The people in the group and whether or not there is the right mix of skills, personalities, knowledge and expertise to complete their project successfully. The common purpose of the group; whether or not there is a  common agenda that all the team agrees to. The tools (protocols, guidelines, technologies) that the group uses. The rules that the team uses to ensure that work is completed by the group. The impact and influence of environmental factors on group performance. The distribution of tasks to different people in the team. Here are the six sets of CHAT questions that a group of learners will consider when they are looking at their collective learning capacity.
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“Group Membership” CHAT questions

These questions are about the makeup of the team and whether or not there is sufficient expertise, experience and ability to complete all the tasks the team must accomplish. 1. Is there enough expertise and experience within your team to achieve work goals?  If your project means creating statistics then do you have someone in the team that can do this or are you sure that you will be able to learn this? 2. Are discussions between team members free, open and focused on achieving goals? 3. Are there cultural, gender, age or language challenges that need to be overcome by  team membership? 4. Are there historical or personality differences within the team that might distract the group from focusing on achieving work goals? 5. Do team members know and trust each other already? 6.  Are there relationships of respect and challenge between team members?
2

“Group Purpose” CHAT questions

This part of the questionnaire is about how strongly the team is focused on achieving common goals.  It is about a team having a common purpose and a collective agenda that helps the team achieve its goals. 1. Is the purpose and function of the team agreed and understood by all group members? 2. is the team purpose written down? 3. Is the team purpose discussed and agreed? 4. Is the team purpose suitable for helping team members to stay focused on achieving team goals? 5. Do all team members contribute towards the development of a team agenda and related purpose statements?
3

“Group Tools” CHAT questions

This part of the questionnaire is a set of questions about the digital tools (e.g. project management tools), sets of guidelines (e.g. a protocol for discussion contributions), language tools (e.g. linguistic code shifting to aide communication) and any other aides that the team can use to help it to perform. 1. Are the tools used by the group suitable for helping group members to achieve group goals and aspirations? 2. Is the current set of tools both necessary and sufficient to support team aspirations? 3. Are the tools able to be used by everyone in the group? 4. Is there a process and resources available that people may use to help them to learn how to use tools? 5. Are there better or different tools that could be used to help improve team performances?
4

“Group Rules” CHAT questions

This part of the questionnaire relates to the need for order within the team.  It needs to be clear to team members what is expected of them and what they should do in a particular situation.  Generally rules may be devised to help ensure that the team is able to stay on track to achieve it’s goals. 1. Are their guidelines in place to ensure that members contribute reliably and fairly to group activities? 2. Are there guidelines in place that can be used to deal with all possible team scenarios? 3. Are there rules designed to ensure that all members of the team will feel valued and respected for their views and opinions? 4. Are rules clearly written down, properly understood and agreed by everyone? 5. Are there too many rules or not enough rules?
 5

“Team Environment” CHAT questions

These questions are about the support and challenges of the environment in which the team works.  1. Can the team draw on external resources and expertise when it needs to? 2. Are there external challenges that make it difficult for the team to achieve goals? 3. Do team members need to respond to external agendas that conflict with their own team agenda?
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“Group Roles” CHAT questions

This part of the questionnaire is about identifying the different roles that need to be allocated within the team so that all project tasks are assigned. 1. Has the team established a list of team roles that are to be distributed to team members? 2. Is there a team process for awarding roles effectively and fairly to team members? 3. Do team member roles match team member skills and experience? 4. What does the team do when there is nobody available that has the experience, knowledge (or willingness) to adopt on a role in the team? 5. What rationale and process does the team use to agree who should do what work? 6. Are activities completed by lots of people or just a few at a time? 7. Does the team have a plan for if one or more members of the team find that they cannot complete tasks that have been assigned to them?   Are there single points of failure in the organisation of the team - that is to say are there mission critical roles that can only be carried out by one member of the community?
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