A. Carbajal, J. Du Fore

Wisconsin Luth College (UNITED STATES)
See how teachers from across globe, at any grade level and any subject are utilizing a project methodology that harnesses the power of the web, cloud-based collaborative software, and new recording tools. CRPs (Collaborative Research Projects/Presentations) use teacher based frameworks to lead students through project based, research driven activities that contain built in assessments and summative virtualized presentation possibilities. We have created a playground for educators and professors from around the world to share and use frameworks of all variations and sizes. This session will detail that frameworks and well as the tools and pedagogy to make CRPs a viable and powerful part of classrooms on your campus.

The concept of Collaborative Research Projects/Presentations were first developed in 2008 as a way to capitalize on newly evolving digital technologies in order to provide innovative learning experiences for students across in the classroom of a high school biology teacher. It soon blossomed into a powerful educating scenario that has inspired and called for the creation of a digital education and support community (DESC).

Collaborative Research Presentation/Projects are efficacious in a variety of classroom environments and subjects areas. They can be used as a formative assessment tool that provides additional instruction to the students, while evaluating their level of understanding throughout the process. The range of possibilities can be tailored to meet the individual needs of a classroom or student. CRP frameworks that have been created are easily adoptable and customizable to the content and grade level of instruction.

CRPs and the CRP environment, has been helping educators reinvision ways to present, collect and assess content for over 5 years, and the use and adoption of the pedogogy more than triples every year.

The success of the Collaborative Research Project/Presentations has come about because of its strong emphasis on anytime learning, research fostered collaboration, and ease of valid assessment implementation. CRPs rely on simply technologies such and Google Presentations or Blendspace to deliver a novel mode of learning, feedback, and partnering.

Teachers use these easy-to-implement technologies, along side of proven pedagogical methods to create powerful, web-quest like, frameworks. These frameworks are based on 10 different models of instruction, (e.g. book-throughs and lab journals) in which the educator distinguishes learner objectives, activities, content delivery, and assessment components. The frameworks are important and impressive for their philosophy of educating and their ability to hit upon nearly all areas of good education. CRP frameworks make use of educational components such as; online discussion, just-in-time learning, peer review, collaborative work, netiquette, public speaking and oratory skills, digital literacy, online assessment, data analysis, and student research.

Once the framework has been created, the educator has a variety of ways to share, distribute, and disseminate the piece so that students can engage, learn, and produce. Students, walk through the morphing framework, altering it, learning from it, and contributing to it as they go. And, when finished, the students have a project and presentation ready to deliver, completely customized and personalized to ensure both their success and their most compelling learning.