Electronic collaboration is a new world sparkling with potential for effective learning experiences, but harboring a few social and legal pitfalls. To realize the potential while protecting learners and your organization, you need effective policies spelling out what is and is not appropriate behavior. You may choose to include these policies as part of the general course policies (p 97) or as a separate policy.
Your collaboration policies should govern learners, instructors, and staff alike. But I suggest writing them to learners. The following section includes a sample policy along with comments. It may not fit your situation, but use it as a start toward developing your own policy. Make sure your legal department and management team approve the policy before you release it.
Our policy on collaborative activities
This course contains activities that involve collaborating with fellow learners, your instructor, and others. Such activities are a valuable part of learning, and we want you to get the most from them. To ensure effective collaboration, this policy spells out acceptable and unacceptable practices.
You are expected to follow this policy completely. If you violate this policy, you may be removed from the course.
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