What is collaborative learning?
Collaborative learning refers to an educational situation where students share the responsibility to perform tasks with a common goal or end product in interaction with each other. In practice, collaborative learning is often confused with collaboration. However, there is a difference between the two. With collaborative learning, the focus is on the content / course material, with collaboration the focus is more on the process / collaboration. There is no strict separation between the two, but it is important for both you and the students to know where the focus is on a collaborative assignment; on the content, on the process or both.
Educational value added
The underlying idea is that students not only learn from the interaction with the teacher, but also from the interaction with each other. With collaborative learning, not only the curriculum is important, but also the collaboration. There is a cognitive and a social goal.
Forms of collaborative learning
Collaborative learning is often used in practice. Consider, for example, jointly doing research and presenting about it. An increasingly applied form of collaborative learning is Team Based Learning (TBL). Team Based Learning is a form of collaborative learning that uses a specific order of individual work, group work and direct feedback to create a motivating framework in which students increasingly hold each other responsible for prepared participation in classroom activities and contribute to the discussion.
There are many ICT Tools that can make collaboration easier for students and offer teachers insight into the collaboration process. In addition, there are many different forms of collaborative learning where, for example, students come to a product or not or where the emphasis is more on the elaboration of learning material. Edulab can, depending on the content of a course, give specific advice about which forms best suit that content.