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Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty, 2nd Edition by K. Patricia Cross, Claire Howell Major, Elizabeth F. Barkley

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Chapter 8Avoiding and Resolving Common Problems

While collaborative learning has many benefits to students and student learning, it also has some challenges. These problems range from issues with individual behaviors to problems with group functioning. In this chapter, we outline some of these common problems and identify a range of potential solutions for solving them.

Designing and Facilitating Courses to Avoid Problems

Some common problems may be avoided, and in the previous chapters we have described sound approaches for ensuring that problems don't develop in the first place. In Chapter Three, for example, we give guidance on how to create an effective collaborative learning task that is relevant and does not feel like busywork. Advice ...

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