UNIT 1 - Collaborative Learning and Technology

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LESSON 1- Collaborative Learning and Google Classroom

Understanding Collaborative Learning

Roschelle et al.(n.d.) used the term "Collaborative Learning" to refer to an educational approach to teaching and learning that involves students working together in groups toward a specific goal, like a presentation or project. Students take on an active role and is engaged in building each other as well as themselves in the learning process. In effect learners "are able to manage both their team relationships and progress on tasks, and are able to monitor and reflect on their process" Roschelle et al. (n.d.) also highlighted the tools and important elements of collaborative learning.

Collaborative Learning

Activity: Reflection


Take some time to reflect on the reading and think about what collaborative learning means to you and the different tools and elements you can implement in your classroom!

Collaborative Learning and Technology

Walker (2017) used a new approach to studying collaborative learning and technology. A new technology called Ubiquitous Collaboration Support (UbiCoS), is looked at as a digital means of support for students who are referred to as “help givers”. This new technology can support and facilitate help giving skills and interactions with other students using different learning tools. Walker (2017) also highlighted the different activities that can be used with the technology.

Improving Student Help-Giving with Ubiquitous Collaboration Support Technology

Activity: Reflection


Take some time to reflect on the reading and think about how technology can facilitate collaborative learning and what are some activities that can support collaborative learning using technology.

What is Google Classroom?

Google Classroom is a free online learning management tool introduced in Google Apps for Education in 2014 (Mafa, 2018; Shaharanee et al., 2016). It can facilitate collaboration and engagement among instructors by organizing assignments quickly, providing prompt feedback, sharing resources, and connecting with each other (Shaharanee et al., 2016).

"Google Classroom is your mission control for class. Create classes, distribute assignments, send feedback, and see everything in one place. Instant. Paperless. Easy " (Google for Education).

Capabilities of Google Classroom as a Teaching and Learning Tool in Higher Education - https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329390940_Capabilities_of_Google_Classroom_as_a_Teaching_and_Learning_Tool_in_Higher_Education

Get more time to teach and inspire learners with Classroom - https://edu.google.com/products/classroom/


Activity: Reflection


Take some time to reflect on the readings and video think about what your understanding of what Google Classroom is, and identify reasons why using Google Classroom could benefit your classroom or teaching.

How can Google Classroom Support Collaborative Learning?

Lynch ( 2018, 2020) identify the different ways instructors can use Google Classroom to facilitate collaboration in the classroom.

Google Classroom tip #18: How to facilitate collaboration?

What types of posts can you make in Google Classroom?

Activity: Reflection


Take some time to reflect on the readings and think about additional ways that Google Classroom can be used to facilitate collaboration?

Group Discussion

Fishbowl - this strategy is similar to a traditional discussion, but half of the class will participate in the initial discussion (inside the fishbowl) while the other half will read and observe the ongoing discussion and report back to their team (Berry & Kowal, 2019). To facilitate the fishbowl strategy, learners will be paired in groups to participate in the discussion forum.

Discussion Forum Questions
While reading and reflecting on Collaborative learning and Google Classroom, what ways have you seen or used collaboration in your classroom? Was it successful? Why or why not? OR if you have not used collaboration in the classroom: In what ways can you see yourself using collaboration in the classroom? Explain what Google Classroom means to you? AND identify some ways you can use Google Classroom to benefits your classroom or teaching.


1. One group member will post an initial response to the discussion forum questions with feedback from the team. Reference the readings to support your ideas.

2. The second group member will read other groups' initial posts, synthesize the information, and come back to their own group to report findings.

Synthesizing information should address the following.

Who agrees with the group, and who doesn't, and in what ways? What are some ideas that others mentioned that you did not address in own post and could use for future project ideas? One fact learned, and one area you might like to explore. Which post was most interesting, and why? Which position seemed to be the most popular. Which position seemed to be the least popular?


Writing discussion posts using scaffolds: The following scaffolds in the form of sentence starters represent productive moves of collaborative discourse.


See Group Discussion Rubric

Group Discussion Rubric

Click on the discussion tab and post a comment that relates to the discussion question

Group Discussion Link

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Berry, L., & Kowal, K. (2019). Five New Twists For Online Discussions - University of Wisconsin Extended Campus. https://ce.uwex.edu/five-new-twists-for-online-discussions/
Google for Education. (n.d.). Retrieved November 14, 2020, from https://developers.google.com/classroom?hl=ko
Lynch, M. (2018). Google Classroom Tip #18: How to Facilitate Collaboration - The Tech Edvocate. https://www.thetechedvocate.org/google-classroom-tip-18-how-to-facilitate-collaboration/
Lynch, M. (2020). What Types of Posts Can You Make in Google Classroom? - The Tech Edvocate. https://www.thetechedvocate.org/what-types-of-posts-can-you-make-in-google-classroom/
Mafa, K. R. (2018). Capabilities of Google Classroom as a Teaching and Learning Tool in Higher Education. International Journal of Science Technology & Engineering |, 5(5), 3–8.
Resta, P., & Laferrière, T. (2007). Technology in support of collaborative learning. In Educational Psychology Review (Vol. 19, Issue 1, pp. 65–83). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10648-007-9042-7
Roschelle, J., Suthers, D., & Grover, S. (n.d.). Collaborative Learning. Retrieved December 7, 2020, from https://circlcenter.org/collaborative-learning/
Shaharanee, I. N. M., Jamil, J. M., & Rodzi, S. S. M. (2016). Google classroom as a tool for active learning. AIP Conference Proceedings, 1761. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4960909
Walker, E. (2017). Improving Student Help-Giving with Ubiquitous Collaboration Support Technology. https://circlcenter.org/exp-improving-student-help-giving/