Collaboration Best Practices
Collaboration Best Practices
Educators in both online and in-person classrooms find that using Roblox to collaborate in classrooms can be meaningful as well as educational. Based on the experiences of Roblox educators, here are some ways of fostering a collaborative atmosphere by setting clear expectations and using supportive strategies.
Setting Classroom Expectations
Before starting a Roblox classroom, create guidelines like the ones below for students up-front. Encourage students to add on with their own suggestions.
- Build your own, don’t copy. If you do want to use someone’s work, ask permission.
- Respect the work of others. Never vandalize or put down the work of others.
- Solve problems together. Assume the best of each other. Try and solve a conflict without teacher intervention.
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Helping Students Resolve Conflict »
Help students independently resolve conflict, by modeling and teaching them the tips below.
- Encourage “I” messages (“I feel …”) rather than “you” messages (“You did …”). This helps both sides listen.
- Have students take turns speaking without interruption. If a student wants to interrupt, prompt them to take a deep breath or do a small private hand gesture (e.g. tap themselves on the thumb) to signal they should focus.
- When trying to find a resolution to a conflict, talk about interests and goals (“I feel this would look better blue”), rather than positions (“You’re wrong, blue is the best color …”). Sharing interests and goals gives students something concrete to try resolving conflict.
One way of creating a positive learning environment is to use strategies that foster collaboration. Below are strategies to meet specific goals you may have.
Students Helping One Another
Strategies that encourage students to work together builds indepdencencs and makes collabration feel more natural.
Help Students Help Themselves
- If students have a question, have them ask three peers before an instructor in a process often called “Ask Three Before Me”. During a class, remind students of this rule whenever they’re asking you for help.
- Allow students to contribute by letting them lead skill-shares. If a student discovers something fun, or has a skill they want to share, give them 5-10 minutes during an independent work time to lead a tutorial. This encourages an atmosphere of sharing and rewards students for wanting to help others.
One way of having collaboration is often through group work. To ensure group work is productive and meaningful, we recommend the following strategies.
- Depending on the project, have students take on roles (either chosen or assigned). For instance, a team building a game may include a world builder and a coder. If you assign roles, be sure to rotate them so students learn new skills. They also might discover something they didn’t expect to enjoy.
Having Groups Manage a “To-Do” List
- To ensure all group members are busy, have a group collectively manage a to-do list. If someone has an idea or task, they can add it onto the list for someone who needs something to work on.
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