Introduction to Cooperative Learning

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Tuesday, September 16
1:00pm- 4:00pm
Kellogg Center, Red Cedar B

(Registration at 1:00pm; program begins at 1:15pm)


Karl Smith, Cooperative Learning Professor of Engineering Education, Purdue University and Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor and Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota

An ongoing challenge for faculty is how to develop effective strategies that engage students with one another and with the instructor. In this workshop, participants will explore techniques for designing and facilitating student-student interaction that ensure enhanced learning. Participants will learn more about their role in designing, structuring, and implementing cooperative learning activities that support higher achievement and greater productivity by all students. These strategies are research-based, and include positive interdependence,  individual and group accountability, face-to-face interaction, teamwork skills, and group processing.  Examples will be provided to help participants select, design, and revise cooperative learning and challenge-based learning materials. The workshop is hands-on, interactive, and focused on helping participants select, prepare, and structure cooperative learning materials and strategies for their classes. Participants will learn how to overcome the challenges and barriers to implementing active and cooperative learning.