Cooperative Learning

In the Instructional Stategies Online page we find an introduction to Cooperative Learning as a key strategy to support students learning to value and respect one another, and educators understanding the practical knowledge needed to assure the success of group work (cooperative learning).
There are several different perceptions of the meaning of "cooperative":
- an instructional strategy that simultaneously addresses academic and social skill learning by students
- is one way of providing students with a well defined framework from which to learn from each other
- it's a team approach where the success of the group depends upon everyone pulling his or her weight
- can take place in a variety of circumstances:. brainstorming and tutorial groups, etc.
I think that if online learning process embrace academic knowledgments and personal characteristics of students, the cooperative strategy has a prominent place in the process. Having some time to explore the site, we can see that "students who have opportunities to work collaboratively, learn faster and more efficiently, have greater retention, and feel more positive about the learning experience."
As to guide us about this interactive method, the site page focuses in the following main topics:
- What is Cooperative Learning?
- What is its purpose?
- How can I do it?
- Assessment and Evaluation Considerations
The essential elements of Cooperative Learning are:
- Positive Interdependence
- Face-To-Face Interaction
- Individual Accountability
- Social Skills
- Group Processing
(retrieved October, 18, 2009)

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