Title: Using Discord to Facilitate Online Group Work
Presenter: Dr Linda Hazell (Lecturer in Biomedical Science)
Co-presenter(s): Tabin Brooks
Faculty / Division: FoSH & DSS
School / Unit: Dentistry and Medical Sciences
Session Type: Quick Talk
When: Wednesday, 17 Novemeber 2021 @ 11:15am – 12:15pm)
Historical observations of distance learning have noted that isolated students are at significantly greater risk of disengagement, with increased interaction between student peers observed to be one of the moderating factors in this experience of isolation (Jiang, 2008). Formalised group work, a popular solution in traditional teaching provides many benefits through peer-peer interaction both in learning content and through social support networks. Successful academic outcomes and performance shape attitudes towards group work, and this success can improve negative or maladaptive perspectives (Woznitza & Volet, 2014).
Group work in an online environment has the potential to enhance learning and social network support, if the hurdles of social anxiety, organisation, and fairness in workload and marks are navigated effectively. In this presentation, we describe the features of the free social platform ‘Discord’ that enable it to be used for group work in an online environment and provide educational advantages over a number of other common social platforms and learning environments that can mitigate hurdles to engagement
Wosnitza, M. and Volet, S. (2014) ‘Trajectories of change in university students’ general views of group work following one single group assignment: Significance of instructional context and multidimensional aspects of experience’, European Journal of Psychology of Education, 29(1), pp. 101–115. doi: 10.1007/s10212-013-0189-y.
Jiang, J. (2008) Exploring the relationship between the feelings of isolation among distance learners and the levels of interaction built into the online course, ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. Indiana State University. ISBN: 978-0-549-51657-6