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Collaborative/Cooperative Learning

Cooperative and collaborative learning are instructional approaches in which students work together in small groups to accomplish a common learning goal.They need to be carefully planned and executed, but they don't require permanently formed groups. The sites below will help you with developing well-planned activities and assignments that require collaboration and cooperation in the classroom.

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Cooperative and Collaborative Learning

Study Guides and Strategy

This is a site that contains information about group formation and team selection.

Cooperative Learning: Students Working in Small Groups

Center for Teaching and Learning, Stanford University

This is a newsletter article that provides some hints and guidelines for implementing cooperative learning tasks in the classroom.  It also includes a preparatory checklist for these activities.

Cooperative Learning in Higher Education

Susan Ledlow, Arizona State University

This is a short article that warns that cooperative learning is more than just having students work in groups.  One must plan and manage the activity well.

Cooperative Learning

Jennie Dautermann, SUNY

This site provides a brief description of cooperative learning and most importantly, “15 Common Mistake in Cooperative Learning and What to Do About Them” and “7 Tips for Successful Cooperative Learning at a Distance.”

Working in Teams Terry Morris, Harper College This site discusses teams, virtual teams, team roles, productive teams, resolving conflicts, first meeting, student success stories (with audio), and reflection activities.