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Collaborative learning / group assignments

Collaborative learning or group learning is an important skill which our students will need in their professional life. It is a type of active learning in which students make a group assignment together. They’re learning by exchanging views on substantive issues, but also by having to make practical agreements, and solving possible problems together, in order to reach a joint end product.

Collaborative learning, whether or not supported by ICT, is characterized by four basic elements, called the  EIPS (Dutch: GIPS) model 

  1. Equal participation 
  2. Individual responsibility 
  3. Positive interdependence 
  4. Simultaneous action 

For each teaching situation (printed bold) it is described which tools (underlined) can give an important contribution. 

Various educational situations where ICT is used

  • Writing together  can be very motivating for students. There are various tools available. 
    Wiki is a collaboration tool where students can present the results of an assignment or study to everyone. In a wiki, one can also consult different revisions of the result. 
    Weblog is een website, on which the owner posts personal contributions, which are ordered chronologically. 
  • Collaboration  can consist of project education or modeling together and goes beyond writing a report together. There are tools depending on the discipline, and tools which serve as multimedia communication.
    Blackboard Collaborate makes it possible to chat with the students which are registered in a Blackboard course. But you can also share screens and use videoconferencing. 
  • Peer Review is a way of collaboration where students give each other feedback on assignment/products. The aim is that it brings the product to a higher level, before the instructor will judge/review it. In this way students also learn from each other.   
    Self & Peer Assesment module in Blackboard simplifies the organization. The system divides the tasks among the students and makes the feedback visible for the instructor. 
  • Peer Evaluation is also a type of collaboration, in which students give feedback on the way they function in a group. For instance during projects. Scorion  can be used for this purpose. This tool gives an instructor/mentor more insight in the group process and the individual efforts of students.
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