Cooperative Learning for Distance Learning

(Prerequisite: must have completed a Fundamentals or equivalent training)

This workshop developed by SCALE is presented at the request of nearly every institution that has received training in “Introduction to Cooperative Learning.” Faculty will engage in activities associated with both synchronous and asynchronous environments utilizing Blackboard and other Learning Management Systems (LMS).

Trainees will engage in a systematic review of cooperative learning types and elements with special attention given to those elements which fit within the distance learning framework.

Participants will discuss the importance of “netiquette” and will review legal, privacy, and ADA issues associated with online learning. The advantages and disadvantages of electronic communication will be shared while educators learn effective strategies for facilitating energetic and engaging discussion board conversations.

The workshop will introduce learners to applications such as Blackboard, Wimba, Adobe Connect, Illuminate, Cloud, and many others. Methods by which students can work to create tangible group projects utilizing such applications will be disseminated. The latest trends and “hot apps” will be shared with participants providing them the opportunity to return to their classrooms immediately and begin implementing newly-learned strategies.

All content is presented in a cooperative, active learning environment where participants interact not only with the facilitator but with all other trainees as well.

Target Audience: Faculty (full-time and adjunct), counselors, curriculum/technology specialists, and administrators.