Collaborative learning

Some possibilities and limitations for students and teachers

Matt Bower, Debbie Richards*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contribution

14 Citations (Scopus)
94 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

Collaborative learning has become recognised as a means of encouraging deep learning and a key technique in problem and experienced based learning. For Computing students collaboration is not only a learning strategy but a learning outcome. While this is not a new idea, there appears to be reluctance on the part of teachers and students to create and take those opportunities. This paper seeks to revisit the possibilities that exist for collaboration ranging from team based work to peer review in the hope of motivating a change in culture and practice. We include discussion of these strategies together with highlights from student surveys regarding student dispositions towards collaborative learning. We note that the perceived overheads and logistical difficulties, to students and teachers, will often discourage the use of collaborative tasks, but that the educational outcomes achievable through collaborative learning exceed those possible when students work in isolation. Particular attention is given to technological approaches for facilitating collaborative learning. While the discussions that follow relate to computer science education specifically, it is intended that many of the approaches and associated issues will apply to other learning domains.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Subtitle of host publicationWho's Learning? Whose Technology?
EditorsLina Markauskaite, Peter Goodyear, Peter Reimann
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherSydney University Press
Pages79-89
Number of pages11
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)9781920898465, 9781920898472
ISBN (Print)9781920898564
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education - "Who's Learning? Whose Technology?" - ASCILITE 2006 - Sydney, NSW, Australia
Duration: 3 Dec 20066 Dec 2006

Other

Other23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education - "Who's Learning? Whose Technology?" - ASCILITE 2006
CountryAustralia
CitySydney, NSW
Period3/12/066/12/06

Bibliographical note

Copyright the Author(s) 2006. Version archived for private and non-commercial use with the permission of the author/s and according to publisher conditions. For further rights please contact the publisher.

Keywords

  • collaborative learning
  • groupwork
  • team-based learning
  • computing
  • computer supported collaborate learning

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Collaborative learning: Some possibilities and limitations for students and teachers'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this

    Bower, M., & Richards, D. (2006). Collaborative learning: Some possibilities and limitations for students and teachers. In L. Markauskaite, P. Goodyear, & P. Reimann (Eds.), Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education: Who's Learning? Whose Technology? (Vol. 1, pp. 79-89). Sydney: Sydney University Press.