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Cooperative and

  • Smartly implemented group learning is powerful and significantly more effective than the traditional lecture, lecture/discussion strategies. It is worth incorporating into every course and curricula we teach.
  • Cooperative learning is extremely powerful when combined with other tools such as active learning.
  • Cooperative learning tasks can sometimes be less time consuming for faculty. Because students are working together, they can often answer each otherís questions. It can also reduce the grading load.
  • Teams can be nearly any size; however 3-5 is the most common size and the size often recommended in the literature.
  • For long term teams, consider having students develop a set of team rules with which all students agree and that a signed copy be submitted. Be sure that the teams include penalties for disobeying those rules. Make it clear to students that if they sign the list of rules, they are agreeing to abide by them. This can help reduce potential team participation issues, as you as the instructor can fall back on the rules that the team chose and agreed to.