Cooperative learning is a commonly used teaching strategy in the classroom that enables students to work together in different activities and achieve the targeted learning goal.
Here I designed a course to teach the core concepts of cooperative learning to 22 adult students at the University of San Francisco.
In this class, I designed both pre- and post-class activities that fit into students’ learning needs. At the same time, I also included a series of assessments to evaluate their mastery of the class content timely. The purpose of this class is to help students understand the definition of cooperative learning, why should we learn cooperatively, how to incorporate cooperative learning into their class, the strengths and weaknesses of cooperative learning, and to explore and discuss different teaching techniques in the cooperative learning environment.
After taking this class, students will be able to:
Have a general understanding of cooperative learning
Use one sentence to summarize the definition of cooperative learning.
Figure out the steps of designing a cooperative activity
Explore the strengths and weaknesses of cooperative learning
Participate in the cooperative group activities actively and give feedback on them
Make a reflection on their prior teaching/learning experiences and provide questions/suggestions they have for cooperative learning
Introduce the Activity to
Face-to-Face (Promotive) Interaction
Monitor and Intervene
Interpersonal and Small Group Social Skills
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