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Icebreaking in education refers to a type of activity that engages in learners in some preparation activity in order to make participants known to each other and/or in order to prepare for another activity.

Icebreaking is a tool that could help to improve e-learning literacy

For example, Augar et al. (2004) [1] describe the following scenario of use: “In an attempt to remedy the lack of interaction noted in online discussion groups in previous years, a traditional icebreaker exercise used in classroom situated tutorials at Deakin University was adapted for use on a wiki. The premise for developing the icebreaker exercise was to explore new ways to help students get to know the other members of their online learning groups.”. The authors report that “A goal of the icebreaker exercise was to have students return several times to the wiki to read the new posts from their group members over the two week exercise period. Observation of usage by staff during the exercise combined with the data presented here indicates that the goal of consistent, repeat wiki usage by students was met.”


See the links below





  1. Augar, Naomi, Raitman, Ruth and Zhou, Wanlei 2004, Teaching and learning online with wikis, in Beyond the comfort zone : proceedings of the 21st ASCILITE Conference, Perth, 5-8 December, ASCILITE, {Perth, W.A.], pp. 95-104.


  • Collard, M. (nd). Team builders & Icebreakers. University of Central Missouri: Learning to a Greater Degree, pp. 1-54.
  • DeSelits, L. D., & Dickerson, P. S. (2008). Using icebreakers to open communication. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 39(7), pp. 292-293.
  • Mapping a Personalized Learning Journey: K-12 Students and Parents Connect the Dots with Digital Learning. Speak Up 2011 National Findings: K-12 Students & Parents. (2012). Project Tomorrow, pp. 1-17.
  • Zigmond, R. H. (2008). Ask a provocative question to break the ice. College Teaching, 56(3), pp. 154-155.