Collaborative Learning: In Remote, Hybrid, and Socially Distanced Classrooms






Collaborative learning allows students to engage with content in a deeper way. They gain experience using academic vocabulary, explaining important concepts, and describing their understanding of concepts. Best practices remain the same regardless of the instructional mode: remote, hybrid, or socially distanced in a physical classroom. This session will provide a deep dive into how to do collaborative learning in these varied instructional modes. Jigsaws are a research-based cooperative learning strategy created to combat racial conflict among students, increase motivation, and improve student engagement. Creating community in remote and hybrid courses can be a challenge, by using collaborative learning strategies, like jigsaws, students have additional opportunities to engage with peers in meaningful ways. I will walk participants through how to use these strategies in remote, hybrid, and in socially distanced classrooms using examples from my courses from the fall. Across all modalities, I create Google Docs with guiding discussion questions for the groups to complete. This allows me to see their discussions in real-time, whether they are spaced out in the classroom in front of me, or in video breakout rooms. By exploring jigsaws and other collaborative learning methods, the participants will be able to apply these strategies to their courses in any instructional mode.



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