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Making (online) group-work work

Presentation at ACER 2018 Research Conference, Sydney, 13 August 2018

Even though group work for learning is a well-established and extensively researched pedagogy, teachers find it still challenging to engage students in productive collaborative learning that extends over time (e.g. weeks – in the context of project-based learning) and is computer-mediated in addition to being classroom-based. I introduce three practices that have been shown to foster collaborative knowledge production and learning: first, group scripts; second, knowledge building and knowledge awareness; and third, group facilitation. I discuss how teachers can integrate these into their teaching practices to address three challenges to productive group learning:  unequal participation, lack of awareness, and stratified learning zones. The presentation closes with an example of how research on computer-supported collaborative learning can help to explain group learning. 

The slides can be found here, see also the Proceedings

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