Seminar: Collaborative learning

Collaborative learning, scripting, and peer feedback: Practical advice for teachers

The seminar aims at assisting teachers in increasing students’ engagement, enhancing active participation, and providing structure and guidance in student-student interactions. The seminar presents a theory-informed approach through collaborative learning, collaboration scripts, and peer feedback and makes extensive use of examples, practical advice, and hands-on activities. Although the focus is on instructional design, the seminar also explores how educational technology tools could create unique opportunities for interaction beyond the classroom.

The seminar will be held in English and is aimed at teachers working at universities and university colleges.

The seminar addresses questions such as:

  • What is the difference between collaboration and cooperation?
  • How can students benefit more from collaboration?
  • How motivational theories can provide guidelines for instructional design?
  • What is a collaboration script and when is it needed?
  • How can peer feedback can be beneficial for reviewers and reviewees?
  • What kinds of tools are available to implement the above?
  • How can the issues of efficiency and teacher workload be addressed?

By the end of the seminar, participants should be able to:

  • Identify and compare the characteristics of different collaboration scripts and their potential to support different learning goals;
  • Design their own collaborative learning activities, with the use of digital media;
  • Reflect on the learning potential of digital media, with special reference to collaboration, scripts, and peer feedback.

Group online meetings with Google Hangout near the end of the semester (late May – early June), will allow participants to seek further consultation and advice on how to evaluate and improve their learning activities. Assistance will be provided both on instructional design and technical issues related to educational technology tools. The dates for the online meetings will be agreed with the participants.

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