Course Description

Learn How Collaborative Student Assignments Can Become Measurable and Meaningful Learning

Teachers often assign students to work in groups. Careful structuring of the lesson includes intentionality so that group work ensures rigorous and accessible learning. Group work can be energizing to all or dominated by a few.  It can involve deeper thought with logical connections and reasonable conclusions or surface discussions.  Successful group work involves building an environment where students are accountable to the learning community, standards of reason, and knowledge.  It requires pre-planning as well as skilled interactions between students and teacher. This course will give teachers the skills to ensure group work is meaningful.

Learner Outcomes

  • Discuss approaches to groupwork that are based on research and learning theories
  • Design/revise group worthy tasks based upon sound learning principles that promote creative and critical thinking in an equitable environment
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the teacher in guiding, extending, and building on student thinking in groups
  • Analyze the effectiveness of a group task based on student engagement, collaborative interactions, and critical thinking in relation to the learning goals of the lesson
  • Develop an assessment plan that takes into account individual as well as collaborative learning, process as well as product

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for K-12 classroom teachers who want to deepen their knowledge and understanding of how group work can provide meaningful learning.  Both new and experienced teachers wanting to improve their craft will benefit from this course.

Course Materials:  Text, Designing Groupwork: Strategies for the Heterogeneous Classroom, by Elizabeth Cohen and Rachel Lotan, available at Amazon.com or your local bookstore.

Technical Requirements

Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s), Professional Programs and Series

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Course Format
Course Fee(s)
EDU PD - $504 credit (3 units) $504.00
Available for Extension Credit
3 units
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