Facilitating and Managing Collaborative Learning

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Facilitating and Managing Collaborative Learning

Facilitating and Managing Collaborative Learning10 Tips for the Online EnvironmentBe Transparent with ExpectationsPost group work requirements are in the course syllabus Ensure the learning objective is clearBe open to discussing purpose and process with reluctant students

Make Sure Instructions are ClearBe clear about what the task is, timelines, end resultThis will allow students to focus on learning collaboratively, rather than clarifying assignment details

Is the Task Appropriate?Ensure that there is an advantage to completing the task collaboratively as opposed to individuallyExample: each member brings a piece of the puzzle, resulting in more knowledge and a decreased workload for the students

Consider RelevanceActivities such as peer-reviews and case studies can ensure that collaborative learning will apply to real-life and career-related scenariosThis will create meaning and relevance for students while making learning memorable

Motivation for Participation Individual success is dependent upon collaborative successFuture learning may build upon this collaborative activity

Readiness of LearnersEnsure that students are confident with the subject matterAllow students the opportunity to develop a sense of community and collaborative learning skills

Timing of Group FormationForm groups early so that students can build relationships Allow for a research period where students can get to know one another, discuss the task, and brainstorm ideas

Respect for Learner AutonomyProvide guidelines but allow students freedom to form or move between groupsProvide a virtual space for groups to work

Monitoring and FeedbackStudent interactions are monitored by the instructorProvide meaningful and timely feedback Keep students on course if needed

Sufficient Time is GivenAllow students enough time to work together, acknowledging they may not be online at the same timeIf it is a large project, give smaller timelines to stay accountable to

ReferencesBrindley, J., Blaschke, L., & Walti, C. (2009). Creating Effective Collaborative Learning Groups in an Online Environment. The International Review Of Research In Open And Distance Learning, 10(3). Retrieved from http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/675/1271


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