People sharing ideas and working together occasionally sharing resources in a loose environment Cooperation People doing things together, but each with his or her own purpose Community People striving for a common purpose This continuum of involvement provides a useful framework for thinking about scaffolding with learners through progressively more complex interaction skills leading to the creation of an effective working group. He notes that while it is not realistic to expect community in many online courses, it should be possible in graduate level programs with high learner-learner contact.
It was midnight on a school night.
I saw the light on in my year-old's room and went to tell him to go to sleep. His door was uncharacteristically open and I could hear animated voices from inside his room. I found him on Skype with a couple of friends.
They were quizzing each other, working out numericals and clarifying each other's concepts for a big physics test next morning. Have you worked on your homework math problems with a friend? Did you ever get together with peers in a group to understand a difficult theory in college?
Did you ever brainstorm with other classmates on a school project?
We've all done collaborative learning at some stage of our lives; we just didn't know what to call it. The very dictionary definition of collaboration will tell us what collaborative learning means. The word "collaboration" brings together the Latin "col-" meaning "with or together" with the Latin "labor" or toil.
For educationists, collaborative learning is a comprehensive term for "a variety of educational approaches involving joint intellectual effort by students, or students and teachers together.
Collaborative Learning happens when students work together in pairs or groups: To understand or "make" meaning of a concept or text To create a solution for a problem given in class or self-discovered To explore a topic, a question, an area of knowledge To apply the principles learned in their curriculum To conceive of new ways to apply the knowledge they have learned in class To construct a tangible article or a physical object for example, a report, a term-paper, a model volcano, a recycled-paper bag, a solar panel, an electric vehicle out of the course-learning The above, of course, is an indicative and not a comprehensive list of the ways in which collaborative learning may be used by teachers.
Forms of Collaborative Learning Many educators seem to confuse collaborative learning with the more structured approach of cooperative learning. Let us say that cooperative learning is a type of collaborative learning. The developers of cooperative learning models and strategies have laid out several specific components that teachers must control: Eluding strict definition, collaborative learning can thus be specific, controlled and structured or it can be spontaneous, experiential and totally open-ended.
Considerations for the Traditional School System Of course, the traditional school system is at odds with the very spirit of collaborative learning. Schools, as they were conceived and as they are still administered, are essentially authoritarian constructs. Teachers are still equated with "discipline" and "consequences.
They are the regulators of the competition that is encouraged between students through the assessments and recognition and rewards for individual achievement. There are definitive syllabi for every subject with course content to be covered in a set period of time; there are lecture plans for every teaching hour and teachers are under pressure to ensure that their students have ingested the carefully planned and delivered information and are capable of regurgitating it as required during formal assessments.
Memory is more important than assimilation. In collaborative learning, on the other hand, the process of learning is basically more important than what is learned. Students are taught, by hands-on experience, how to learn and not what to learn.
When they learn, assimilation of the material is an absolute requirement as a student must take the material, absorb it, make it his own and then present it or teach it to others. Mere memorizing will not help the collaborative learner.
Changing Paradigms By its very definition, collaborative learning, takes the power away from the teacher as "guru" and distributes that power among the students as self-sustaining, motivated "learners" who take ownership and responsibility of the entire process of leaning in an interactive, "talking-to-each-other" and engaged manner.
The teacher becomes merely a facilitator, an "expert designer" of a student's intellectual process and a "mid-wife of a more emergent learning process. It is also relevant to point out here that like teachers, students too have to be "prepared" to take on the challenges and opportunities offered by collaborative learning.
I must emphasize that collaborative learning is a tool, just like other teaching methodologies.Oct 19, · Learning and Innovation Manager Gina Hartman is joined by three key members of the Ohio Blended Learning Collaborative to discuss their program, their keys to .
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Although this text does not focus solely on collaborative writing, writing plays an important role in examinations of collaborative partnerships in the digital humanities that are designed for purposes of research, professionalization, teaching, and program development.
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