Whether in informal learning groups, task-based teams or required study groups, research has shown that students learn best when actively involved in their own teaching and learning. Other terms used for this kind of learning strategies are: cooperative learning, collective learning, learning communities, peer teaching, peer learning, reciprocal learning, team learning, study circles, study groups, and work groups.
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General Resources on Collaborative Learning
- “Assessment in and of Collaborative Learning: A Strategies Handbook,” Washington Center’s Evaluation Committee, last modified October 2, 2007, http://www.evergreen.edu/washcenter/resources/acl/index.html.
- Curt Bonk, “Collaborative Tool Uses and Applications,” (video, feedback and resources), Instructional Consulting, Indiana U Bloomington, http://www.indiana.edu/~icy/media/de_series/collaborative_tools.html
- “The Role of Questions in Teaching, Thinking and Learning,” The Critical Thinking Community, Foundation and Center for Critical Thinking, last modified 2000, http://www.criticalthinking.org/articles/thinking-some-purpose.cfm.
- “Solve a Teaching Problem: Group Projects aren’t working,” Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence, Carnegie Mellon, http://www.cmu.edu/teaching/solveproblem/strat-groupwork/index.html.
- “Will Team Based Learning Work for Me?” Team Based Learning Collaborative, http://www.teambasedlearning.org/FAQ
- “Working with Groups,” Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence, Penn State University, last modified 2010, http://www.schreyerinstitute.psu.edu/Tools/Teams