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Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty, 2nd Edition

Book Description

A guide to thirty-five creative assignments for pairs and groups

Collaborative Learning Techniques is the bestseller that college and university faculty around the world have used to help them make the most of small group learning.

A mountain of evidence shows that students who learn in small groups together exhibit higher academic achievement, motivation, and satisfaction than those who don't. Collaborative learning puts into practice the major conclusion from learning theory: that students must be actively engaged in building their own minds. In this book, the authors synthesize the relevant research and theory to support thirty-five collaborative learning activities for use in both traditional and online classrooms.

This second edition reflects the changed world of higher education. New technologies have opened up endless possibilities for college teaching, but it's not always easy to use these technologies effectively. Updated to address the challenges of today's new teaching environments, including online, "flipped," and large lectures, Collaborative Learning Techniques is a wonderful reference for educators who want to make the most of any course environment. This revised and expanded edition includes:

  • Additional techniques, with an all-new chapter on using games to provide exciting, current, technologically-sophisticated curricula

  • A section on effective online implementation for each of the thirty-five techniques

  • Significantly expanded pedagogical rationale and updates on the latest research showing how and why collaborative learning works

  • Examples for implementing collaborative learning techniques in a variety of learning environments, including large lecture classes and "flipped" classes

  • Expanded guidance on how to solve common problems associated with group work

  • The authors guide instructors through all aspects of group work, providing a solid grounding in what to do, how to do it, and why it is important for student learning. The detailed procedures in Collaborative Learning Techniques will help teachers make sure group activities go smoothly, no matter the size or delivery method of their classes. With practical advice on how to form student groups, assign roles, build team spirit, address unexpected problems, and evaluate and grade student participation, this new edition of the international classic makes incorporating effective group work easy.

    Table of Contents

    1. Praise for Collaborative Learning Techniques, Second Edition
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright
    4. About the Authors
    5. Preface
      1. Background and Audience
      2. How to Use This Book Effectively
    6. Part One: Establishing the Context
    7. Chapter 1: Collaborative Learning: Coming to Terms with the Term
      1. What Is Collaborative Learning?
      2. Using Cooperative Learning and Collaborative Learning in Practice
      3. Conclusion
    8. Chapter 2: The Case for Collaborative Learning
      1. What Is the Theoretical, Pedagogical Rationale for Collaborative Learning?
      2. What Is the Evidence That Collaborative Learning Promotes and Improves Learning?
      3. Conclusion
      4. Note
    9. Part Two: Implementing Collaborative Learning
    10. Chapter 3: Designing the Learning Task
      1. Identifying the Learning Task's Underlying Problem and Prompt
      2. Selecting CoLTs That Correlate to Course Learning Goals
      3. Structuring the Task to Address Student Needs and Abilities
      4. Conclusion
    11. Chapter 4: Orienting Students
      1. Icebreakers and Introductory Activities
      2. Course Policies and Procedures
      3. Orienting Students to Collaborative Learning
      4. Conclusion
    12. Chapter 5: Forming Groups
      1. Group Types
      2. Group Size
      3. Group Membership
      4. Conclusion
    13. Chapter 6: Facilitating Student Collaboration
      1. Introducing the Activity
      2. Observing and Interacting with Groups
      3. Structuring Reporting-Out Approaches
      4. Helping Groups Achieve Closure
      5. Conclusion
    14. Chapter 7: Grading and Evaluating Collaborative Learning
      1. General Principles of Evaluation
      2. Important Decisions in Grading Collaborative Work
      3. General Guidelines for Grading Collaborative Work
      4. Grading Individuals and Groups
      5. Conclusion
    15. Chapter 8: Avoiding and Resolving Common Problems
      1. Designing and Facilitating Courses to Avoid Problems
      2. Specific Common Problems and Potential Solutions
      3. Conclusion
    16. Part Three: Collaborative Learning Techniques
      1. Origin of the CoLTs
      2. How to Use the CoLTs
      3. CoLT Categories
      4. Format Used to Present the CoLTs
      5. Using CoLTs in Various Educational Environments
    17. Chapter 9: Techniques for Discussion
      1. Collaborative Learning Technique 1: Think-Pair-Share
      2. Collaborative Learning Technique 2: Round Robin
      3. Collaborative Learning Technique 3: Buzz Groups
      4. Collaborative Learning Technique 4: Talking Chips
      5. Collaborative Learning Technique 5: Three-Step Interview
      6. Collaborative Learning Technique 6: Critical Debate
    18. Chapter 10: Techniques for Reciprocal Teaching
      1. Collaborative Learning Technique 7: Note-Taking Pairs
      2. Collaborative Learning Technique 8: Learning Cell
      3. Collaborative Learning Technique 9: Fishbowl
      4. Collaborative Learning Technique 10: Role-Play
      5. Collaborative Learning Technique 11: Jigsaw
      6. Collaborative Learning Technique 12: Test-Taking Teams
    19. Chapter 11: Techniques for Problem-Solving
      1. Collaborative Learning Technique 13: Think-Aloud Pair Problem-Solving (TAPPS)
      2. Collaborative Learning Technique 14: Send-a-Problem
      3. Collaborative Learning Technique 15: Case Study
      4. Collaborative Learning Technique 16: Structured Problem Solving
      5. Collaborative Learning Technique 17: Analytic Teams
      6. Collaborative Learning Technique 18: Group Investigation
    20. Chapter 12: Techniques Using Graphic Information Organizers
      1. Collaborative Learning Technique 19: Affinity Grouping
      2. Collaborative Learning Technique 20: Group Grid
      3. Collaborative Learning Technique 21: Team Matrix
      4. Collaborative Learning Technique 22: Sequence Chains
      5. Collaborative Learning Technique 23: Word Webs
    21. Chapter 13: Techniques Focusing on Writing
      1. Collaborative Learning Technique 24: Dialogue Journals
      2. Collaborative Learning Technique 25: Round Table
      3. Collaborative Learning Technique 26: Dyadic Essays
      4. Collaborative Learning Technique 27: Peer Editing
      5. Collaborative Learning Technique 28: Collaborative Writing
      6. Collaborative Learning Technique 29: Team Anthologies
      7. Collaborative Learning Technique 30: Paper Seminar
    22. Chapter 14: Techniques Using Games
      1. Planning to Use Games
      2. Choosing a Game
      3. Developing the Game
      4. Facilitating the Game
      5. Closing the Game
      6. Implementing Games Online
      7. Collaborative Learning Technique 31: Team Scavenger Hunt
      8. Collaborative Learning Technique 32: Quizo
      9. Collaborative Learning Technique 33: Friendly Feud
      10. Collaborative Learning Technique 34: Team Jeopardy
      11. Collaborative Learning Technique 35: Team Games Tournament
    23. Appendix A: Useful Tools for Implementing Collaborative Learning in Online Courses
    24. Appendix B: Key to Classroom Environment in CoLT Examples
    25. Appendix C: Key to Professor Names from CoLT Examples
    26. References
    27. More from Wiley
    28. Name Index
    29. Subject Index
    30. End User License Agreement