Design, conduct and assess collaborative learning in academic and professional settings.
You can purchase a print or e-book version of Learning to Collaborate, Collaborating to Learn. Find it on the Stylus website, and don’t forget to download the Taxonomy of Collaboration icons you can use to map your project. You can also find it on Amazon or from your favorite independent bookseller.
Do you teach courses or training for professionals on these topics?
- social, group, team, and/or collaborative learning
- developing teams and partnerships
- teaching and learning theories
- instructional design
- learning activity, project, or assignment design
- mapping for learning project design
- teaching roles and practices
- facilitation roles and practices
- assessment strategies
- teaching online, blended, and/or face-to-face
- teaching in a flipped classroom
- teaching workshops or seminars outside of academia
- problem- or project-based learning
- experiential learning
- community internships, field, or service-learning
Learning to Collaborate, Collaborating to Learn offers theoretical foundations educators need to understand and situate collaborative learning within program and curricular goals. It offers the practical, step-by-step guidance educators need to design, plan, map, facilitate, and assess collaborative activities.
Knowledge, skills and attitudes associated with being able to work with others across geographical, organizational, social and cultural boundaries are now more important than ever. Help current and future educators prepare to use collaborative learning and enable their students to learn to collaborate, while collaborating to learn!
I presented a webinar, at the free Connecting Online Conference. Click link to access the recording for Designing and Evaluating Collaborative Projects: Three Conceptual Frameworks.
Description of the session
What is collaboration? We’ll define it as: “an interactive process that engages two or more participants who work together to achieve outcomes they could not accomplish independently” (Salmons, 2014). Collaborative advantage refers to the synergistic outcomes that could not have been achieved by any player acting alone (Huxham & Vangen, 2005). To achieve collaborative advantage, participants need to do more than work together—they need to think together. Achieving collaborative advantage offers the potential for new ideas and innovation, shared ideas and peer learning.
Collaboration online offers many possibilities: we can bridge time and distance, share resources, and engage using verbal, visual or written communications. However, collaboration online also offers many challenges. How do we decide on shared goals and ways to achieve them? What technologies should we use? How do we decide who does what? And for instructors using collaborative projects, how can I know who contributed and how can I evaluate students individually and collectively?
The session will offer practical tips and resources for developing a clear design for the collaborative project, organization of the process and evaluation of the outcomes. Three conceptual frameworks will be introduced: the theory of e-social constructivism (Salmons, 2009), Taxonomy of Online Collaboration and the Typology of Collaborative Assessments (Salmons, 2006, 2007, 2014).