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ERIC Number: ED354966
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb-19
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
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Promoting Excellent Teaching: The Chair as Academic Leader.
Orrange, Mary Beth
Collaborative Learning (CL) is a form of instruction in which small groups of students work together on tasks utilizing set structures and specific time limits that are controlled by the teacher. At Erie Community College (ECC) in Buffalo, New York, several structured activities for CL have been developed for use in the classroom. In the "Three Step Interview" technique, students are grouped into pairs. Each student conducts a content-based interview of the other student, and then the pair meets with another pair of students to share what they have learned. In the "Think-Pair-Share" technique, a single question or problem is posed to the class. After formulating individual responses, students form pairs and develop a common response or solution. In the "Roundtable" technique, students form groups with a minimum of three members, then brainstorm to solve a particular problem. In implementing CL, instructors should introduce the new activities slowly, avoid self-selected groupings of students, seek feedback from students, assign roles in each group to ensure participation, prepare tasks for students who finish early, and establish homework partners. Through CL focus groups which meet several times each semester, faculty at ECC share their experiences utilizing CL techniques. To introduce part-time faculty to CL, the New Faculty Orientation program at ECC utilizes CL techniques. As a result of the focus groups and the use of CL approaches in the classroom, a strong sense of community has developed at ECC, both between faculty and among students. (PAA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
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