ERIC Number: ED448445
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
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The Journey Begins! Getting Started Using Collaborative Learning Techniques.
Successful implementation of a Collaborative Learning (CL) strategy is much like planning for a journey. The more people are talked to and the more background research is done about the journey, the more successful it will be. Teachers who want to start using CL techniques should observe a teacher or teachers who are experienced and proficient in the use of CL techniques. Obtaining training prior to introducing CL into the classroom is mandatory. Preparation for classes using CL is the key to success. In order to help students begin the process of working collaboratively, it is necessary to provide activities that will foster a cooperative environment and encourage students to get to know each other from different perspectives. Keeping a record of what works and why as the teacher develops CL techniques is desirable. As the CL process is begun, teachers can form support groups with other teachers in departmental areas or across curricula. Because CL is relatively new to many institutions, teachers must work with their supervisors to make sure they are aware of the techniques as well as reasons for using them. Contains a series of e-mails written by teachers describing their experiences and sharing ideas about CL, teaching methods, and its uses. (RS)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Cooperative Learning, Group Activities, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Innovation, Learning Strategies, Student Participation, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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