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Developing Effective Student Collaboration



Clerisy Architect: Dr. Sage Sirotkin

Length of Workshop: 60 minutes

Danielson Framework: Domain 3 (Instruction)

Workshop Description:

With a push from employers across all industries, collaboration has become a critical skill for student success.  Research has confirmed the educational benefits of students working together on cooperative projects. Incorporating the 2009 research of Johnson and Johnson, Tran’s (2013) exploration into previous studies on cooperative learning, and the 21st Century standards and skills recommended by the International Society for Technology in Education, Batelle for Kids, and the Partnership for 21st Century Learning, this workshop shows you how to create a meaningful student collaboration activities and how to ensure engagement at both the individual and group level.  By the end of the workshop you will walk away with an outline for an activity that you can start using with your students!

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the educational value of engaging students in collaborative learning
  • Explore strategies for developing collaborative learning activities
  • Evaluate examples and resources to incorporate into your instruction

Publications Highlighted: Boss, S. (2019). It’s 2019. So Why Do 21st-Century Skills Still Matter? Retrieved from; Burns, M. (2016, November 22). 5 Strategies to Deepen Student Collaboration. Retrieved from; Davin, K. J. ., & Donato, R. (2013). Student Collaboration and Teacher-Directed Classroom Dynamic Assessment: A Complementary Pairing. Foreign Language Annals, 46(1), 5–22.; Frameworks & Resources. (2019). Retrieved from; Gerard, H., Wilhelmy, R., & Conolley, E. (1965). Conformity and group size. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 8, 79–82.; Glavin, C. (2014, February 6). Cooperative Learning. Retrieved from; ISTE Standards for Students. (2020). Retrieved from; Johnson, D. W., & Johnson, R. T. (2009). An Educational Psychology Success Story: Social Interdependence Theory and Cooperative Learning. Educational Researcher, 38(5), 365–379. doi: 10.3102/0013189×09339057; Messick, D., & Brewer, M. (1983). Solving social dilemmas: A review. Review of Personality and Social Psychology, 4, 11–44.; Morgan, B., Coates, G., & Rebbin, T. (1970). The effects of phlebotomus fever on sustained performance and muscular output (Tech. Rep. No. ITR-70–14). Louisville, KY: University of Louisville, Performance Research Laboratory. ; Sirotkin, S. E. (2019). Secondary English Language Arts Teachers’ Experiences Using Social Media for Instruction (Doctoral dissertation, Walden University).; Tran, V. D. (2013). Theoretical Perspectives Underlying the Application of Cooperative Learning in Classrooms. International Journal of Higher Education, 2(4). doi: 10.5430/ijhe.v2n4p101