Collaborative learning has many different definitions and aspects to it. For this purpose I would like to focus on what I believe are the three most critical parts of collaboration.
- The learner is the priority
- Students are actively participating
- Collaboration/ working together in some capacity is required
What is comes down to many times is the need to see examples. So here are 10 ways to easily incorporate collaborative learning instantly.
- Stump your partner
- Students create challenging question about the content covered, then ask the question to another student.
- Group Brain Power
- Present students with a problem and as a group/ class they need to determine how to solve it.
- Students reflect on a prompt from the instructor. Then they determine a response and share with another student or in a small group. Each individual has a turn to share and then they discuss the topic.
- Stop during a lecture and have students turn to another and summarize the main points that have been covered. Allow each student to add examples.
- Fishbowl debate:
- Assign roles. For example, the person on left takes one position on a topic for debate, the person on right takes the opposite position, and the person in the middle takes notes and decides which side is the most convincing and provides an argument for his or her choice.
- Case Study
- In small groups assign students a case study. Have each group analyze the information and then share out
- Project or Problem Based Learning
- is a collaborative, student-centered approach to learning in which students learn about a subject by working in groups to solve an open-ended problem
- Student is required to research one part of the material and then teach it to the rest of the group
- Get your Game on
- Play interactive games where you challenge each group to access knowledge and meet certain goals
- Once Upon a Time
- Groups either tell a story with cartoons or comic strips.
- Get Your Google On:
- Allow students to connect and share with real-time collaboration
This article supports the New Learning Standards inCreating a New Vision for Public Education recognizing the importance for collaboration and students being able to apply their knowledge.
II. B. Learning should be specified to the “profound level”, that is , students are able to apply their learning to new situations, to synthesize, solve problems, create knowledge and cultivate and utilize the full range of their capabilities.