Co-operative learning: A teacher's guide to working with groups
Full-day workshop | $290 + GST
About the workshop
This full-day workshop has been designed as a “how to get it right” guide for tertiary lecturers and tutors working with student groups.
Studies show that, when correctly implemented, co-operative learning improves information acquisition and retention, higher level thinking skills, interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to operate in a multi-cultural work environment.
Facilitators Trish Baker (Wellington Institute of Technology) and Jill Clark (Wellington Institute of Technology) have divided the workshop into two discrete parts. The morning focuses on the essential elements of effective group work with practical exercises. The afternoon session addresses the issues of appropriate assessment design, assessment methods and effective monitoring of groups to promote participation, accountability and fairer outcomes for students.
The workshop has been developed from Trish and Jill’s recent Ako Aotearoa project, Co-operative learning lecturer training programme, funded through the Central Regional Hub.
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What is Co-operative Learning?
Co-operative learning is a teaching and learning technique in which groups of students work on structured tasks under conditions that meet five criteria:
- positive interdependence
- individual accountability
- promotive interaction
- appropriate use of small group skills
- regular monitoring
About the facilitators
Jill Clark & Trish BakerTrish Baker (Research Coordinator at the Wellington Institute of Technology) and Jill Clark (Wellington Institute of Technology) have been involved in research into co-operative learning (group work) in the diverse New Zealand tertiary environment for the past nine years.
They have presented numerous workshops and conference papers on co-operative learning and have published at national and international level.
They were awarded funding from Ako Aotearoa to develop a lecturer training programme in co-operative learning. The programme introduces lecturers to the concepts and techniques of co-operative learning, and addresses the practical problems that so often occur in group work.
The project was completed in early 2012, and the report is available for free download from the Ako Aotearoa website.
These workshops are part of Ako Aotearoa’s Professional Development Programme – an initiative to bring high quality, evidence-based and affordable professional development to educators and managers across New Zealand’s diverse tertiary education sector.
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