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The TiCkLe Guide

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Technology & Cooperative Learning

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For lots more info on cooperative learning, don't miss Sheridan's CL Network site.

Make sure you know about the basic CL principlesInstructional Innovation Network's Collaborative/Cooperative Learning web site is a good starting place. The link to "Models, Theories, and Research" mentions most of the 'hot' writers in this area, and includes articles which stress how CL differs from traditional group work.  "Resources and Links" connects you to journals & newsletters and other CL sites.


The Internet has many sites devoted to Computer Supported Cooperative Learning (aka CSCL). 

CSCL Theories is a graduate student report (with the expected quirks), but there is some nice info here and valuable links. Check out the theories - the big pedagogical switch is from deterministic to constructivist approaches to teaching/learning.

The list of CSCL links is also valuable.

New Horizons for Learning - offers some good info on CL from Johnson & Johnson and is part of a larger site worth exploring - overall, one of my favourite web sites on education!!! The Tenth Floor is all about technology.

In another part of this site, check out - "Learning by design:   Integrating technology into the curriculum".  Scroll down for an important "manifesto" re technology and teaching and don't miss the Seven Principles of Learning.

Does the "C" in CSCL stand for Cooperative or Collaborative?

Cooperative learning, collaborative learning, activity-based learning, problem-based learning...  are the all the same?

The differences can be subtle and at times significant. CSCL - What's in a name?



"Technology should support diverse modes of communication and collaboration - not just enriched information delivery."


The Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) at St. Edward's University offers info on the five basic elements and learning outcomes promoted by CL. 

An excellent resource - not to be missed!

CSILE (Computer Supported Intentional Learning Environments) at the University of Toronto refers to a project, and software designed to support collaborative knowledge building.  


Classroom Connect is a web site (free) and monthly guide (subscription)  for K-12 educators, but   always has useful info for higher ed. This month's advice...

"Throw away the idea that it is necessary to 'make time' for technology... don't separate computer planning time from everything else - make it integral to your curriculum."


A good article....

"Scaffolding for Success"

by Jamie McKenzie

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) involves students in self-directed learning as they solve complex, real-world problems.  Here are two resources - PBL at Maricopa, and Illinois U. School of Medicine.  This is the ultimate in student self-directed learning - no lectures.


This CSCL site from Texas has some good links.  The first is to a course outline which has many excellent CSCL links

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