Collaborative learning

by Jul 25, 2021

Collaborative learning method is an educational technique  involves working in groups to improve learning. Two or more students work together to solve issues, accomplish projects, or learn new concepts in groups of two or more.

Collaborative learning is a method where students team up to Discuss and explore
on questions or to create a project, while they teach what they know and get to
learn new things.

Collaborative learning method is active as well as interactive. The learner gains knowledge using this way by expressing his thoughts into words.

Everyone in the group is held accountable to one another, thus they go out of their way to learn as well as teach knowledge through instructional learning.

When the activities include the terms by, in, and for learning, interaction and involvement are crucial tools for the production of knowledge. It implies that students have the flexibility to listen, argue, comprehend, justify, and communicate their opinions.

Working in groups allows students to develop abilities and attributes that will aid them in their life path. It is an event that promotes group cooperation and teaches you to adjust and modify depending on the scenario.

Advantages of collaborative learning method

Boosts problem-solving skills

Improving decision making and time-management skills

Increases critical thinking

Builds trust

Improves social interactions

Development of communication skills

 Approach

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Rather than rote memorization of facts and figures, with Collaborative learning technique actively engages learners in processing and synthesising information and concepts.

Learners cooperate on projects with one another, and they must work together to understand the topics provided to them.

This learning method provides a place where

  • Learners actively participate.
  • Goals are clearly identified and used as a guide.
  • Research tools are available.
  • It helps to discover new methods to solve problems.

 

Disadvantages could include,

  • Presence of conflict
  • Unequal participation
  • Time consuming
  • Not everyone has the same learning or understanding pace.

Different Types of Learning Methods

Gamification of learning

Gamification is the technique used for learning involving game like elements to the tasks to encourage participation.
Gamification elements are found almost in every field, be it business, health
and wellness, design etc.

How does gamification motivate learners

  •  It makes learning fun and interactive
  • Learning becomes visible through progress indicators which motivates.

Implementation of gamification can be through:

  • Giving points
  • Creating playful barriers
  • Creating healthy competitions for points
  • Using levels and check points to measure the progress

Here are the benefits of gamification:

  • It increases level of engagement in discussions
  • It aids in cognitive and physical development
  • Increase in productivity
  • Strengthens communication
  • Improves creativity and innovation skills

However, poor implementation of gamification might fail due to;

  • Lack of planning and strategy and
  • Unrealistic expectations

VAK Learning System

  • VAK Learning system means integrated use of Visual, Audio, and Kinesthetic mode of learning preferences of individuals.
  • Walter Burke Barbe designed the system, and Neil Fleming developed it further.
  • Every learner has either visual, auditory, or kinesthetic as their dominant learning style. When the primary learning style is in action with the other two or at least one, it produces more efficient results.
  • Visuals learners consumer knowledge quickly through writing, charts, and animations; audio learners learn better by listening to lectures or self-recorded audios, while kinesthetic learners need movement or on on-field learning.
  • For example, if X has visualization as their dominant style, using the auditory or kinesthetic styles can help them be more productive and consume more knowledge.

    Crossover Learning Method

    • Crossover learning bridges the gap to forward-thinking learning by blending formal and informal learning environments.
    • The formal setting is the traditional classrooms we all took lessons inside. And, the informal environment is outdoors, like after-school clubs, art galleries, museums, field visits, etc.
    • Crossover learning goes beyond the textbook matter and enriches the learning experience. It motivates one to think beyond the horizons and has a great impact on the overall learning experience.
    • It is an observational learning method. In this method, students first gain knowledge practically in an informal setting and then are brought back to the traditional setting to analyze the learnings.

        Spaced Learning Method

        • Spaced learning is a proven method for understanding concepts well and creating long-term memories.
        • In this method, concepts repeat until ingrained in the brain. Paul Kelley and his team developed this concept.
        • According to research, our mind could not retain information for long enough if consumed only once, and we forget 75% of what we learn in two days.
        • In this method, concepts are broken down into small parts during one session and repeated twice or thrice with short breaks in between. These breaks might be highly engaging physical activities or just off-topic discussions.