Education | Collaborative Learning and Teaching,
L630 | 5436 | Martha Nyikos


Meets:  4:00-6:45 on Tues, room 1230;
1. While learning about cooperative and collaborative learning, participants
will experience these
modes themselves by working collaboratively on several projects. This will
allow participants to
apply concepts related to cooperation in foreign language learning and
teaching and critically assess them.

2. Participants will work in groups and select an issue of professional
interest, carry out research
on it and thereby relate theory to practical applications in a term paper. A
peer editing procedure
will be involved in the writing this paper. At the end of the semester,
final versions of the
professional group projects will be presented to the rest of the class.

3. Bearing in mind the variety of cooperative group experiences,
participants will be able to identify basic principles, benefits and
problems related to the implementation of cooperative or
collaborative learning/teaching strategies in the native or foreign/second
language curriculum.

Course Design The typical class session is designed to include the
following:

1. Discussion of journal articles and books (a reading packet will be
available for you to buy and
other reading materials will be placed on reserve in the School of Education
Library). Each week,
a new issue will be addressed and participants will be asked to present (in
collaboration with
another class member) the assigned reading.

2. Demonstrations of cooperative learning/teaching activities based on
readings and materials on
reserve will be conducted by one collaborative pair per weekly meeting.

3. Substantial time in the classroom will be reserved for participants to
work on their group project with members of their groups and to receive
formative feedback from the class.

Major Assignments and Evaluation: Sense of urgency paper: 5% ; Dialogue
Journal: 5%
Collaborative Article Presentation(s) with one-page summaries: 15% ;
Cooperative Activity Simulation(s)--with outlines of procedures for class:
15%
Active Class Participation: 20% ; Collaborative Group project: 40%

The syllabus will be designed in collaboration with the class participants
in accordance with their
needs and goals.