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Designing, implementing and assessing collaborative learning activities Tiziana Saponaro, Apple Distinguished Educator

Being able to collaborate effectively on- and offline is a valuable 21st century skill which helps us succeed in the complex professional and social environments we live in today.

When students work collaboratively, they become involved in a process that promotes cooperation and builds community. New ideas are generated as students give one another feedback. Collaboration creates a culture that values every student’s strengths and an environment that believes that everyone can learn from one another.

WHAT IS COLLABORATIVE LEARNING AND WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE IN PRACTICE?

Collaborative activities are most often based on the following principles:

The student is the primary focus of instruction.

Working in groups allowes everyone to contribute. Students support each other

The teacher coordinates and supports the students’ work

Interaction and "doing" are of primary importance

Collaborative activities require teamwork

Structured approaches to developing solutions to real-world problems should be incorporated into learning.

HOW I DESIGN AND IMPLEMENT COLLABORATIVE LEARNING IN MY CLASSROOM

Collaborative learning can occur peer-to-peer or in larger groups. Students work in pairs or small groups to discuss concepts, or find solutions to problems. This often occurs in a class session after students are introduced to course material through readings or videos before class. Through peer instruction, students teach each other by addressing misunderstandings and clarifying misconceptions.

QUICK, ACTIVE LEARNING ACTIVITIES IN CLASS
GROUP WORK THAT SPANS THE COURSE OF A SEMESTER.

There is no textbook, students create the material that they study

THE BENEFITS OF COLLABORATIVE LEARNING
EXAMPLES OF COLLABORATIVE ACTIVITIES
TOOLS I USE TO ASSESS COLLABORATIVE LEARNING
Rubric to assess a video assignment
Rubric to assess a multimedia presentation
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