Collaborative Learning with Technology

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Course Introduction

In the education world today there is increasing pressure toward student centered learning. Meaningful learning comes not form a textbook but from one’s ability to explore the world around them and form knowledge based on their experiences. In addition, students are growing up in an ever evolving technology based society. Therefore, it is necessary to design instruction which stimulates inquiry and incorporates current technology. Collaboration is one way in which students can work together to learn from one another. Often, teachers are overly concerned with the technology that the lesson loses sight of the content or vise versa. Also, teachers fear setting students loose to build their own knowledge. With all this in mind this course was developed to introduce teachers to the idea of using technology to foster collaboration amongst students.


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Unit 1: Collaborative Learning and the Classroom

Objective(s)

  • The educator will create a rationale for collaborative learning by using information based on Constructivist teachings to support their rationale.
  • The educator will be able to demonstrate the importance of collaborative learning by participating in a discussion about how collaboration is or can be used in the classroom.


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Unit 2: Technology and Collaboration

Objective

  • The educator will be able to identify situations where technology and the tools available through technology will support collaborative learning.


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Unit 3: Collaboration in the Classroom with Technology

Objective

  • The educator will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how to implement effective collaborative learning through the creation of a lesson plan.


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Resources and References

Collaborative Learning with Technology Resources and References