Piles of research show collaborative learning is more effective at increasing student achievement than individual learning and the results are consistent across all subject areas. When students work together, the benefits are numerous: better active listening, retrieval, conceptual understanding, critical thinking… Plus collaboration also has a positive impact on our student’s socialization and improved self-esteem.
But it is not as simple as: put them in groups and set them free. The road to productive cooperation has bumps: uneven student contributions, interpersonal conflicts, off-task behavior, noise and general chaos. More recently, we wonder: how might we collaborate at a distance and over video? How might we design hands-on projects separated by plexiglass?
In this workshop, dig into student grouping design:
- Review the primary research behind effective collaborative learning strategies
- Test facilitation tactics for productivity, documentation, and reflection
- Explore group composition with EXPLO’s elastic proximity diagrams
- Structure group norms that establish psychological safety
- Scaffold skills needed for high quality cooperation whether synchronous or not
- Collect reflection and feedback strategies
- Leverage cooperative tech tools in your classroom
COURSE FORMAT: Three, one-hour, virtual meetings. Choose either Thursdays at 12(noon) EDT on the following dates: Nov 12, Nov 19, Dec 3 [or] Saturdays at 10AM EDT: Nov 14, Nov 21, Dec 5. Sessions will be recorded and made available to registrants.
In addition there will be two, hour-long, optional, office hours (to be scheduled with the participants). Participants may submit curriculum for a course you are teaching ahead of time or during the course for individualized feedback.