How to Use Educational Technologies to Support Collaborative Student Learning
Collaborative learning is based on a pedagogical framework where students manage assignments in a systematic and group-directed manner. While collaborative learning provides many benefits to learners, managing collaborative learning projects can be challenging for both faculty and students. Educational technologies exist that can ease the conflict between benefits to learners and challenges for faculty. In this session, facilitators will review the benefits and challenges of collaborative learning and share how various educational technologies can support collaborative learning. The session will provide participants with a hands-on opportunity to practice creating and exploring educational technologies for collaborative learning, as well as the opportunity share their own best practices.
At the completion of the session, you will be able to:
- Identify the characteristics, benefits, and challenges of collaborative learning
- Assess how educational technologies can contribute to collaborative learning
- Discuss the characteristics, pros, and cons of various educational technologies used for collaborative learning
- Design and adapt your assignments to enhance collaborative learning
10/30/2012Tuesday, 12:00—2:00 p.m.Delphi Center Lab
Linda Leake, M.Ed., serves as a computer specialist, UofL Blackboard technical support and trainer, as well as instructional designer for the Delphi Center. In her Delphi Center roles, she assists UofL faculty in developing and using computer presentations and technologies for instructional use in the classroom. Linda specializes in computer presentations, project consulting, and web-course development. She was a recipient of the 2004 Outstanding Performance Award and continues to provide outstanding service to the university community.
Michelle Rodems, Ph.D., is program manager for the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (SIGS) and the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning. Michelle acts as a liaison between the graduate student professional development efforts of SIGS and the faculty professional development efforts of the Delphi Center. Michelle's research and professional interests include teaching and learning in higher education, educational technology and social media, and collaboration between faculty, student affairs, and academic affairs.