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