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Pedagogy

Collaborative Learning

Explore resources and solutions to implement effective collaborative learning across all course modalities

What is collaborative learning?

Collaborative learning (CL) is an educational approach that involves learners working in teams to solve a problem, or complete a task. This approach fosters both declarative and procedural knowledge, develops higher-order skills, and addresses learner variability.

Collaborative learning represents a shift from a teacher-centered to learner-centered approach, where:

- Teachers play the role of a guide, facilitator, or coach that guides students throughout their learning process.

- Students are challenged socially and emotionally, having to articulate and justify different perspectives.

- Students actively apply the learned knowledge to solve problems via presenting and exchanging ideas.

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Foster an online collaborative environment with FeedbackFruits

At FeedbackFruits, we fully understand the role of collaborative learning in developing higher-order thinking skills and procedural knowledge. That's why we developed our Tool Suite to help instructors implement effective collaborative learning, by focusing on 5 essential elements:

ENHANCE PEER COLLABORATION AND GROUP CONTRIBUTION

Group Member Evaluation provides transparency and streamlines the way students give feedback to group members.

MAXIMIZE THE EFFECT OF TEAM-BASED LEARNING

Team Based Learning supports the readiness assurance process, by optimizing both individual and group work.

IMPROVE STUDENT ENGAGEMENT THROUGH SOCIAL ANNOTATION

By adding questions and discussion threads to the study material of all types, students have chance to interact and help each other, while being able to think more critically about the course content.

INITIATE ENGAGEMENT AND INTERACTION IN ONLINE DISCUSSION

Discussion on Work and Discussion on Topic create an online platform where students can interact and exchange ideas on their work or course topics.

ENABLE IN-DEPTH SELF-REFLECTION

Peer Review and Group Member Evaluation allow teachers to design self-reflection activities where students reflect on their peers' feedback and group contribution.

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Relevant learning journeys

Collaborative thesis writing

High (>30 min)
Help students overcome challenges in thesis writing
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Asynchronous discussion

Low (<10 min)
Drive collaboration and problem-solving skills in an asynchronous setting
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Stimulate discussions

Intermediate (10-30 min)
Create a strong learning community where students engage in meaningful interactions
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Skills development

Intermediate (10-30 min)
Create meaningful learning experiences where students can nurture their real-life skills
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Authentic group project

Low (<10 min)
Nurture transferable skills with real-world collaborative activities
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ChatGPT and digital literacy

Intermediate (10-30 min)
Harness the power of generative AI in developing real-life skills
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Collaborative learning

Intermediate (10-30 min)
Nurture collaboration and critical thinking skills
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Team-based learning

High (>30 min)
Facilitate effective team-based learning activities online
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Resources

Free ebook

Our ebook 'How to build a learning community' covers 5 strategies to design engaging learning activities, and facilitate effective group work.

Resources from CTLs

Tips and recommendations from the teaching & learning centres of selected universities on facilitating effective collaborative learning.

Academic papers

Stay up-to-date on collaborative learning practices with these in-depth academic articles.

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