NPDL Collaboration

New Pedagogies

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." Helen Keller

The process of collaboration and the development of collaborative skills used to be an implicit outcome of learning design. Recent focus has shifted to the value of explicitly developing both cognitive (thinking) and non-cognitive (personal qualities and skills) capabilities. Collaboration, this is, working interdependently as a team does not just happen for students or adults. The experts in learning design (teachers) need to understand the components, the knowledge sets and dispositions required, they need to access and highlight real world examples for students and need to design opportunities to both practice and apply the skills.

Video: Collaborative Learning Builds Deeper Understanding

Encourage students to reach out to one another to solve problems not only builds collaboration skills but leads to deeper learning and understanding.

How does this school use collaboration to enhance student learning?

Watch the video and consider the following:

  • What are some of the ways the students are working together?
  • What environments are better for these students?
  • How are they grouped?
  • Teacher, Julie Anderson, has a simple effective strategy for establishing her collaborative classroom. What are these strategies?
  • How could they work in your classroom?
  • What roles does Julie give her students for collaborative work?
  • How does this assist in enabling students to share their ideas?

Links: Collaboration Generation: Teaching and Learning for a New Age

We can all connect instantly across time zones and oceans. Previously impossible partnerships now produce startling innovations. And the four walls of your classroom no longer limit your students' reach. Edutopia: Collaboration Generation: Teaching and Learning for a New Age, explores a number of different articles and videos all themed around collaboration. Many of the examples cited show students working interdependently and taking responsibility for their own learning. Although based in U.S.A. the examples are still relevant to Australian school and teaching and learning practice.

How does this school use collaboration to enhance student learning?

Explore the examples provided in this link and consider the following:

  • What ideas have value for your teaching and learning practice?
  • How have the teachers managed teams?
  • How do the students work interdependently and learn from each other?
  • How would you assess the level of engagement through these examples?

Video: Lead India - The Tree

Watch the video on how a young boy inspires others to collaborate and solve a real world problem. This clip by Lead India demonstrates the simplicity and power of working together with a child at the centre.

TED Radio Hour: Why we collaborate

ted radio hour collaborate

Listen to this TED Radio Hour, Why We Collaborate, to hear TED speakers unravel ideas behind the mystery of mass collaborations that build a better world, exploring why, and how, millions of people come together to work on online projects, sometimes for free.

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