What are the risks involved in participating in online projects?
What if you and your class invest time and effort, but never get the
final results for the whole project? Unfortunately, it can happen.
Because projects are often run by stressed, multi-tasking classroom
teachers, they sometimes fail to achieve their original goals. Nearly
always, a lot is learned in the process which will help the project
run more smoothly the next year. Participating classes should realize
that an incomplete or ambiguous result is not failure. These are not
"canned" activities. It is wise to choose an activity which has value
both at the local and collaborative levels so that participating
students gain even if the over-all project falls short. It is
important that all project participants receive a status report on
the project by the end of the year whether it achieved its goals or
not. One goal of the Online Projects Area and Team Leaders is to help
ensure that this takes place, and that the whole AE community is able
to observe and enjoy the action and accomplishments of online