Unit 1: The Importance Of Understanding Collaborative Learning


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Learning Objectives

1. Learners will be able to analyze how well they know collaborative learning by first taking an assessment to test their prior knowledge.

2. Learners will be able to define what collaborative learning is and understand the key practices to it.

3. Learners will be able to discuss what they've learned and share their thoughts.

Task 1: Sign Up for our Google Classroom!

1. First, create a google account. If you already have one, proceed to the second step.

2. Please sign up for our google classroom, "Mini-Course: Collaborative Learning in the Math Classroom", by using this link: Google Classroom

3. After you are on the website, click the "+" sign in the top right corner, click join a class, and add the code: voi3xvv.

We will be using this website in order to keep track of assignments & be able to participate in class discussions with your peers.

Task 2: How Much Do You Really Know!?

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What do you ALREADY know about collaborative learning??

Take a few minutes and complete the following pre-assessment on Collaborative Learning. Without looking up any answers, see how well you know & understand what collaborative learning consists of! At the end of the course, you will retake it & see how much you have learned since the first day!

Click here: Pre-Assessment

Task 3: Video - Creating a Better Future Through Collaborative Learning


Collaborative learning is an academic approach to implementing lessons and learning ideas that involves students to work together in groups to analyze a task, solve a problem, share their thoughts, and create a product. There are a variety of different strategies and activities that can be used in your classroom. This can depend on what type of students you have, what subject you teach, and how many students there are. In the collaborative learning environment, the learners are challenged both socially and emotionally. They are required to listen to different perspectives, articulate their thoughts, and defend their ideas. With this, learners begin to create their own unique, conceptual frameworks and not rely solely on an expert's or a textbook's framework. Thus, in a collaborative learning setting, learners have the ability to converse with their peers, share and defend their ideas, listen to diverse perspectives, question other conceptual frameworks, and be highly engaged. Collaborative learning opens a door to students discovering their own learning rather than the teacher leading the way.

Please take a moment to watch this video on, "Creating a Better Future Through Collaborative Learning" by Maddie Edwards. She defines what collaborative learning looks like in the classroom & shares her experiences, thoughts, and ideas to her audience.

Task 4: Article - Making Cooperative Learning Powerful

It is good to know what collaborative learning means, but it's also important to understand the key practices that help make this approach effective for all students.

  • The key practices:

1. Form interdependent teams

2. Set group goals

3. Ensure individual accountability

4. Teach communication & problem-solving skills

5. Integrate cooperative learning with other structures

Please take a moment to read the article, "Making Cooperative Learning Powerful" by Robert E. Slavin. He discusses what key practices are important for collaboration amongst your students.

Click here: Making Cooperative Learning Powerful

Task 5: Activity - Discussion Board

After you have completed the pre-assessment, watched the video, & read the article, I want you to participate in our course's discussion board.

1. On our google classroom page, https://classroom.google.com/ with the code voi3xvv, access the classwork tab at the top.

2. Under classwork, click on the assignment, "Unit 1: What Can Collaborative Learning Look Like in Your Classroom?".

3. Please share what you've learned & how you can picture one or more of your classes collaborating with one another.

4. Please leave a question at the end of your discussion post.

5. Read other posts and please comment on two by answering their question.


Next Stop: Unit 2: What Type of Collaborative Strategies & Activities You Use in the Math Classroom