Collaborative Learning Environments


Collaborative Learning Environments

Objectives Focus on the implementation of virtual and in-person collaborative learning opportunities, and explore structures and systems that can be implemented to leverage technology in collaborative learning while building the skills necessary to students.
Description of material The course of Capella, an accredited online university, is designed for 2 months of teacher learning. During this course participants will analyse the purpose of collaborative learning in Problem-Based-Learning (PBL), writing, creating and producing; they will build an evaluation tool to assess activities and identify areas for collaboration; a problem-based activity (or adapt one) to maximize collaboration, reflect on how collaboration will support student achievement and growth in their classroom.

Mooc’s materials include videos, video transcription, questions, practice quiz.

The course was designed in 2016.

Compliance to quality criteria
Develops STEM competence. Tends to comply with criteria
Stimulates collaboration between teachers. Criteria not present
Includes different phases of delivery (input, application in classroom setting and reflection). Comply with criteria
Is long-term. Comply with criteria
Is participant-tailored. Comply with criteria
Type of material Online course
PD target group (by subject) Science, Mathematics, Technology
PD target group (by education level) Lower Secondary
Educational approaches Inquiry-based learning, Project based learning, Problem based learning
Language(s) English
Diversity Diversity of Subject Performance Level
Accessibility After registration to Capella University Sophia’s platform
Comments (PD providers, teachers…) Teacher comments:  “I liked that the course wasn’t about how to use my iPad. It is about understanding why and when digital tools can help me to engage and support my students better.”; “I really like that the course makes me accountable for my own learning. I enjoy collaborating with my colleagues but it is nice that I don’t need to wait for someone else to move on with my learning.” PD provider comments: “Our format supports our competency-based approach to instruction and learning. We present the scenario and then the question. If you know the answer to the question, we don’t make you go through the lesson first. However, if you don’t know the answer, then you can consume the related tutorials to learn the concept, and then go back to the question. We hope you enjoyed this free professional development opportunity!”

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