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Why Collaborate?

Collaboration is common in the workplace. Many businesses and work teams are faced with ill-defined challenges that require creative and innovative solutions. These types of challenges often call for groups of people with a range of expertise to share and create new knowledge while working together toward a solution. However, collaboration does not come naturally, and educators are being challenged to prepare students with the skills to collaborate and provide opportunities that highlight the value of collaboration as a tool that will help them think in new ways and become creative, effective problem-solvers.

In the book Strategies for Energizing Large Classes: From Small Groups to Learning Communities, more than 100 instructors using small group activities or working to create student communities in large courses were interviewed on their rationale for using collaborative work in the classroom (MacGregor, Cooper, Smith, Robinson, 2000). Their reasons included:

  • Promoting cognitive elaboration
  • Enhancing critical thinking
  • Providing feedback
  • Promoting social and emotional development
  • Appreciating diversity
  • Reducing student attrition.

In 2009, the National Survey of Student Engagement identified active and collaborative learning as one of the top five benchmarks for effective educational practice. The report states: "Students learn more when they are intensely involved in their education and are asked to think about and apply what they are learning in different settings. Collaborating with others in solving problems or mastering difficult material prepares students to deal with the messy, unscripted problems they will encounter daily, both during and after college."

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1 **** Group Work
1046122022-07-281471
2 Assessing Group Work
1045862022-09-091460
3 Group Work: Methods of Good Practice
1141862022-09-09594
4 Using Zoom Breakout Rooms
1074032022-08-091557
5 Group Curation Activity in Canvas
1062732022-07-281132
6 Managing Groups in Canvas for Large Courses
1036602022-07-28970
7 Addressing Disruptive Team Behavior
1143522022-07-28589
8 Group Work Rubric
1141972022-07-28909
9 Peer Review Rubric
1141992022-07-283435
10 Group Effort Analysis Rubric
1142012022-07-28733
11 Constructive and Destructive Group Behaviors
1141812022-07-283818
12 Group Project Planning Worksheet
1171082022-07-28414
13 Group Roles
1196152022-07-28203
14 Examples of Collaborative Group Work Assignments
1141882022-07-28577
15 Stages of Group Development
1141922022-07-283935
16 Group Work: Design and Planning
1046222022-07-281390
17 Online Group Work: Barriers and Challenges
1046242022-07-281945
18 Team Expectations Agreements
1141962022-07-28667
19 Developing Students' Group Work Skills
1132552022-07-28649


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