COLLABORATIVE LEARNING

INTRODUCTION 

Collaborative Learning is an education proposition which is based on the social act of  participation and learning together in a group. This approach is an active process of assimilation  of information, new knowledge, engaging with peers, memorizing, regurgitating, and articulating  ideas. Many trainers, teachers, coaches use this intellectual method as it is structured learning  which allows the student or learner to understand and respond to other’s ideas and effectively  learning from each other. The small groups address each other’s misunderstandings and clarify  the concepts with oral communication. 

TYPES OF COLLABORATIVE LEARNING  

Collaborative Learning can be of different types. To name a few – 

  1. Think-pair-share – the most common type where the exchange of ideas takes place  between a pair and they act together while listening to the other. 

  2. Informal collaborative learning – It is based on the informal setting of the environment  or the surrounding. An example of a class broken into segments when allowed to discuss  their group projects fits under this type 

  3. Formal Collaborative Learning – It is a type of learning which is based on the formal  setting of the learning environment. An example of students applying to study for  projects to work together fits under this type. 

4. Problem-based learning- It is based on working with a particular problem. Its main  objective is to understand the problem at hand and then find the solution together. 5. Collaborative base groups – In this type, students create a long, stable community to  learn matters not only related to academics but also related to other spheres of life. They  develop healthy cognitive and social habits.

  1. Jigsaw collaborative learning – This kind of learning is based on handling the problems  by breaking it down into several parts and then contributing the solution to it.

IMPACT AND BENEFITS OF COLLABORATIVE LEARNING 

Collaborative learning is very impactful. It develops higher-level thinking, communication skills,  self-management, and leadership skills. It prepares for social situations. It exposes the person to  diverse perspectives. It also increases student retention, self-esteem, and responsibility. It  provides a form of self-assessment and prepares the people for evaluation and constructive  feedback. This also helps in enhancing emotional resilience. 

The collaborative learning method helps in developing public speaking skills and active listening  skills. 

It can be used in many departments, companies, educational institutes, and technical places. It is  one of the most efficient, proven, and learning means.

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