Report on an intensive online biology bridging course – leapfrog biology. A four week program, starts with one face to face session. Non-compulsory or assessed but best Wiki used for next year 1st year medicine course - again the emerging theme of authenticity where the end product is not just for a lecturer! Also competitive nature - only best one used.
Forms of scaffolding
Both hard and soft.
Hard – up there already on site.
Soft – please read the instuctions
F2f – soft. Getting them started on what project was about since only 4 weeks long.
Instructions on LMS – hard, orientation
Online synchronous chat – soft, only one but more if requested. Wiki problem solving, social.
Discussion space asynchronous – soft. Asking qs re content
Guiding questions – hard. Start group work.
Questions posed in modules – hard
Monitoring Wikis with feedback – soft, emails etc.
Group discussion pages allowed teacher to monitor how collaboration was going.