Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Benefits of Cooperative Learning

44 Benefits of Cooperative Learning
Ted Panitz lists forty-four benefits of cooperative learning, including: develops communication skills, addresses learning style differences, models problem-solving skills, and establishes an atmosphere of cooperation.

Fifteen Common Mistakes in Using Cooperative Learning

The Instructional Innovation Network staff has created an excellent list of cooperative learning (CL) pitfalls and suggestions for planning successful CL experiences.

Potential Challenges With Cooperative Learning

The Starting Point staff at Carleton College provides tips on how to deal with “hitchhikers” and dominant personalities.

Rubrics to Evaluate Student Collaboration and Teamwork
UW-Stout online instructor Karen Franker has developed three ready-to-use rubrics for students and their instructors to effectively assess individual participation in group projects.
Primary Grade Self-Evaluation Teamwork Rubric (pdf)
Elementary Teamwork Rubric
Secondary Collaboration Rubric

Tech Tip – Collaborate Online With Stixy
Stixy is a free new Web-based tool that facilitates communication between learning teams, colleagues, friends and family. Stixy helps users share and organize tasks any way they want on Web-based bulletin boards called Stixyboards.

Users can create and upload: appointments; Microsoft Word, PDF and image files; photos, notes, and bookmarks and share them on a common space which is only viewable by group members. The visual interface with drag-and-drop Widget tools is user-friendly and invites exploration.

What Our Students Are Saying…

About the Digital Classroom: Teaching Information Literacy With Primary Sources class that begins on October 8:

“I learned so much from the assignments as well as my classmates in our online discussions. This has been one of the most valuable, if not the most valuable, class I've ever taken."
~Elementary Media Specialist, Wisconsin

“I learned that primary sources are more than photographs, scrapbooks, and diaries. I have also learned that primary sources are a wonderful classroom tool that can teach students many things.”
~World History, Consumer Economics, American Government, Current American Issues Teacher; Thorpe, Wisconsin

“It's amazing that once you KNOW about primary sources, it's the first thing that enters your mind! This class is JUST what I needed to get several groups back into the library asking questions, using books AND the internet in a productive way!"
~ Media Specialist; Weatherford, Texas

Register online at: http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/register.shtml

Re-posted from Infobytes: The UW-Stout Newletter, edited by Karen Franker.