Collaborative analysis of workplace failures to support procedural learning
Peer-writing, Peer-tutoring, Dental assistants, Workplace trace, Blog
Perform a radiography correctly
2 lesson units
Blog, wiki, online portfolio
Dental assistant apprentices used a web-based collaborative writing environment (a wiki) to evaluate a work artefact (a failed radiograph) on the basis of their own experience. After a discussion with the whole class, apprentices completed and commented on their peers’ evaluations. Finally, the apprentices wrote a procedural solution on how to avoid the errors that led to the failed work artefact.
Description of the teaching approach
This scenario is a peer-learning activity. More specifically, it is a peer-writing activity. This means that students have to collaborate and interact with each other to co-construct their knowledge.
Here, the core of the peer-writing activity is that each student has to analyze a workplace trace and comment on it. This allows the students to share their knowledge and experiences with peers through the trace analyses. This produces a collaborative artifact which allows the apprentices to develop guidelines and recommendations on the studied theme (here, dental radiography).
Another advantage of peer-writing activities is that it trains transversal skills, such as writing and collaborative work.
Use the Wiki app in your Teams classroom, create one page per image and ask your student to comment on them. They can use the comment function or write down in the wiki page to comment on others’ analysis for the peer-analysis.
You can also post the images in the general channel of your Teams workspace and ask them to write down their analysis and comments in the comments.
Tips and tricks
Choose a workplace trace relevant to the vocational field. In the case apprentices are unable to collect traces on the workplace, or if the gathered set of traces is not complete enough, the teacher can use his own “workplace” traces.
You can also use a critical situation writing activity. See the scenario Critical incident peer-writing for more details.
You can also use videos as workplace traces. You can use the scenario Procedure video recording for inspiration about video recording in the workplace.
Students may feel overwhelmed by the analysis task. To avoid that, make sure to provide prompts to guide the analysis, to make the student feel more efficient.
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Schwendimann, B. A., Cattaneo, A. A., Dehler Zufferey, J., Gurtner, J.-L., Bétrancourt, M., & Dillenbourg, P. (2015). The ‘Erfahrraum’: A pedagogical model for designing educational technologies in dual vocational systems. Journal of Vocational Education & Training, 67(3), 367‑396.3