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Collaborative learning goes by many names and can assume many forms such as instructor-assigned or ad hoc study groups, in-class informal group work, and/or highly-structured cooperative learning projects that may extend across multiple class sessions or the entire quarter. Regardless of the specific form, collaborative learning involves students working together in small groups towards a common goal. Successful collaborative learning is typically marked by both positive interdependence and individual accountability.
Collaborative Learning Resources
- Collaborative Learning Activities
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- Grading/Assessing Collaborative Learning
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Selected Research
Barkley, E. F., Cross, K.P., & Major, C.H. (2005). Collaborative learning techniques: A handbook for college faculty. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Johnson, D.W., Maruyama, G., Johnson, R., Nelson, D., & Skon, L. (1981). Effects of cooperative, competitive, and individualistic goal structures on achievement: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 89 (1), 47-62.
Natasi, B.K., & Clements, D.H. (1991). Research on cooperative learning: Implications for practice. School Psychology Review, 20 (1), 110-131.
O'Donnell, A., & O'Kelly, J. (1994) Learning from peers: Beyond the rhetoric of positive results. Educational Psychology Review, 6 (4), 321-350.
Slavin, Robert. Cooperative learning: Theory, research and practice. (2nd ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
Springer, L., Stanne, M.E., & Donovan, S.S. (1999). Effects of small-group learning on undergraduates in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology: A meta-analysis. Review of Educational Research. 69 (1). pp 21-51.
- Strategies for structuring collaborative learning in online and distance learning
- Resources and research on collaborative learning
- Supplemental Instruction
- Training for peer mentors in collaborative learning pedagogies
- Helps students in historically difficult classes master content while they develop and integrate learning and study strategies
- Trains model students to lead study sessions based on collaborative learning pedagogies