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Active and Collaborative Learning

CRAFT Certificate in Cooperative Learning

The workshops in this series are based on training provided by the SCALE Institute and the Cooperative Learning Institute. Over a century of academic research on cooperative learning has validated specific principles and practices the improve “effort to achieve,” quality of relationships and psychological health of learners. Cooperative methods, however, have to be implemented with careful planning and facilitation to ensure the learning experiences are appropriate for students at their level of learning and development. More extensive background information on Cooperative Learning and the College's investigation of Active and Collaborative Learning can be found in the Active and Collaborative Learning resource pages.

No classes currently scheduled for the summer semester. For an update on faculty development programming, contact Tom Erney, 287-2532.


Cooperative Learning Fundamentals: Increasing engagement for learning. (Online Class)

(This is an online class that you can take at your own pace. It consists of three brief videos and activities that will take about 45 minutes to complete. This workshop is a recommended pre-requisite for all workshops related to "cooperative learning" and "active and collaborative learning" and is a requirement for earning a certificate in that workshop sequence. Register here and you will be enrolled in the course on Blackboard.)

What is meant by "Active," "Collaborative" and "Cooperative" learning? Why are these methods effective? What do we know about our students' experiences with these types of learning activities? In this session, we will explore the "what" and the "why" of active, collaborative and cooperative learning. This session is a pre-requisite workshop for subsequent classes in this track (Base Groups, Easy to Implement Cooperative Learning, and Critical Thinking and Cooperative Learning) and provides a foundation for getting the most out of those workshops.

Facilitating Cooperative Base Groups
Pre-req: Cooperative Learning Fundamentals (Online Class)

In this workshop you will learn what base groups are, how and when to create them, how to use them and what your responsibilities are to these groups. Do you want your students to monitor their own learning and study habits with the support of their classmates?  Would you like to create a stronger sense of community within your classroom? Then you might want to try creating base groups in your classes.

To prepare for this class, please review the content on this page before the meeting,

Easy-to-implement cooperative learning
(Pre-req: Cooperative Learning Fundamentals)

Informal cooperative learning groups are small, temporary, ad-hoc groups of students that last from a few minutes to one class period. They can be powerfully effective at facilitating student learning and there are dozens of possibilities for structuring group interaction. Successful informal groups result from well-designed activities, roles and accountability among group members. In this workshop you will experience cooperative exercise, discuss strategies for implementation, and receive a set of group activities that you can modify to fit your needs.

Critical Thinking and Cooperative Learning
(Pre-req: Cooperative Learning Fundamentals)

We want our students to be critical thinkers. Collaborative learning activities can be excellent for fostering skills in reasoning, listening and discussing that we commonly recognize as essential components of critical thinking. In this workshop, you will learn about methods used in science and humanities courses. Then you will collaboratively design critical thinking activities for your class and receive feedback from your peers.

Current Schedule

No classes currently scheduled for the summer semester. For an update on faculty development programming, contact Tom Erney, 287-2532.