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Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth F. Barkley , K. Patricia Cross , Claire Howell Major
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Engaging students in active learning is a predominant theme in today's classrooms. To promote active learning, teachers across the disciplines and in all kinds of colleges are incorporating collaborative learning into their teaching. Collaborative Learning Techniques is a scholarly and well-written handbook that guides teachers through all aspects of group work, providing solid information on what to do, how to do it, and why it is important to student learning. Synthesizing the relevant research and good practice literature, the authors present detailed procedures for thirty collaborative learning techniques (CoLTs) and offer practical suggestions on a wide range of topics, including how to form groups, assign roles, build team spirit, solve problems, and evaluate and grade student participation.


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"For faculty who are serious about pursuing more powerful forms of student learning, this book is a must. It brings together, as no other resource does, the best that has been thought, said, and done on the topic of collaborative learning. It’s a handbook for teachers who want students to use their heads."
--Pat Hutchings, vice president, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

"Collaborative Learning Techniques is a clear, comprehensive, and practical guide to the what, why, and how of collaborative learning that will benefit all college teachers. Collaborative Learning Techniques will be a well-used reference for years to come."
--Tom Angelo, coauthor with K. Patricia Cross, Classroom Assessment Techniques

"Classroom Assessment Techniques became the most implemented innovation of the last two decades. With Collaborative Learning Techniques, Elizabeth Barkley and her colleagues have created a handbook that will become the most implemented innovation of the next two decades."
--Terry O’Banion, President Emeritus and Senior League Fellow, League for Innovation in the Community College and author of A Learning College for the 21st Century

"An indispensable guide to collaborative learning for teachers interested in proven strategies to enhance student learning."
--Barbara Leigh Smith, codirector of The Pew Charitable Trusts' National Learning Communities Project and coauthor of Learning Communities: Reforming Undergraduate Education

"Great for current practitioners and for those wanting to learn how to incorporate collaborative learning into their classrooms. This is a comprehensive guide to what collaborative learning is, why it’s important, and how to implement it."
--Barbara Gross Davis, assistant vice provost for undergraduate education, University of California, Berkeley and author, Tools for Teaching

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“For faculty who are serious about pursuing more powerful forms of student learning, this book is a must. It brings together, as no other resource does, the best that has been thought, said, and done on the topic of collaborative learning. It’s a handbook for teachers who want students to use their heads.”--Pat Hutchings, vice president, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

 "Collaborative Learning Techniques is a clear, comprehensive, and practical guide to the what, why, and how of collaborative learning that will benefit all college teachers. Collaborative Learning Techniques will be a well-used reference for years to come."--Tom Angelo, coauthor with K. Patricia Cross, Classroom Assessment Techniques

Classroom Assessment Techniques became the most implemented innovation of the last two decades. With Collaborative Learning Techniques, Elizabeth Barkley and her colleagues have created a handbook that will become the most implemented innovation of the next two decades.”--Terry O’Banion, President Emeritus and Senior League Fellow, League for Innovation in the Community College and author of A Learning College for the 21st Century

 "An indispensable guide to collaborative learning for teachers interested in proven strategies to enhance student learning."--Barbara Leigh Smith, codirector of The Pew Charitable Trusts' National Learning Communities Project and coauthor of Learning Communities: Reforming Undergraduate Education

“Great for current practitioners and for those wanting to learn how to incorporate collaborative learning into their classrooms. This is a comprehensive guide to what collaborative learning is, why it’s important, and how to implement it.”--Barbara Gross Davis, assistant vice provost for undergraduate education, University of California, Berkeley and author, Tools for Teaching


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  • File Size: 960 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (June 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008C55RVC
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource for Creative Teaching January 17, 2005
Format:Paperback
Collaborative Learning Techniques is both a "how to" and a "why to" guide to collaborative learning. By providing simple, easy-to-follow examples of 30 collaborative learning techniques, it provides a starting point for faculty who wish to experiment with collaborative learning in their classrooms. Each technique is described in detail followed by several examples from a variety of disciplines. I particularly appreciated the observations and advice section and the tips for adapting to on-line environments. More importantly, however, this text goes beyond describing a few teaching tricks. By exploring the theory and research on collaborative learning it also facilitates "deeper learning" about why we do what we do in collaborative learning classrooms. Even faculty who have been using collaborative learning techniques for years will gain new insights from the authors' discussion of the nuances of a truly collaborative classroom.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must" for teaching professionals November 24, 2004
Format:Paperback
While the value of collaborative learning is well documented, its implementation has always been a stumbling block for me. "Collaborative Learning Techniques" is a godsend in this regard, containing as is does myriad useful strategies for incorporating and structuring collaborative activities. Busy professionals will also appreciate its clear writing, clean organization, useful tables, and refreshing absence of "education-speak."
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding teaching resource February 11, 2005
Format:Paperback
Collaborative Learning Techniques is an excellent resource that highlights practical strategies that can be realistically implemented. The implementation of group work can be very challenging, but the authors have provided (throughout their book) very clear examples. Such illustrations contain great

in-depth details so that other faculty can easily understand how to implement these different techniques. These strategies also seek to improve numerous types of outcomes including writing, problem solving, and class participation in discussions. Overall, this is a very rich resource providing a comprehensive overview of important collaborative learning techniques.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a book November 29, 2004
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When Collaborative Learning Techniques arrived, I read it from cover to cover. How often can one say that about a book on college teaching? Jargon-free writing and an uncluttered layout make this book the best starting point place for instructors who want to use small groups in the classroom. Comprehensive coverage and well-documented case studies make it a must-have reference work for all college teachers.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Collaborative Learning Text January 10, 2005
Format:Paperback
This college handbook for group learning techniques is practical and common sensical. It covers basic information on the formation of groups, ideas for various classroom situations and settings, and methods of evaluations. Instructors should use various forms of evaluation in the classroom, and this text gives the instructor concrete methods to carry out the collaborative learning method. It is a wonderful tool for any college instructor and answers some of the questions concerning this form of evaluation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars all together now May 20, 2011
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Although Barkley, Cross, and Major (2005) set out to create a interesting text for college faculty, it goes beyond this. I feel that now, in 2011, the worlds collective intellect is on the rise, and getting into the game will help ones own intellect. Not only then is this book ideal for students, but for educators alike.

If you are a "traditionalist" in your pedagogical matters yout type will soon be extinct. This book, and many authorities out there in education follow similar lines of thought. Another good book to buy with this is: Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century (The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Reports on Digital Media and Learning). Also, King Arthur's Round Table : How Collaborative Conversations Create Smart Organizations.

The three books are very different, but paint a beautiful overview of collaborative and collective designs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Collaborative Learning Techniques February 9, 2012
By G. Winn
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As a recently hired college instructor, I wanted to develop my skills in collaborative learning. This book provides a good, comprehensive introduction to the topic, with examples and helpful hints. However, most of the information is available free on internet sites. The book is good as an easily used, single reference, rather than having to deal with multiple internet sites. I would recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read February 16, 2010
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As far as textbooks go this is a "good read." Not preachy, clearly explained, explicit. Mostly helpful information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-organized, useful
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Well-organized. You can skip the first 2 parts and just read the strategies in part 3 if you're already sold on the concept of collaborative learning... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Duran A. Valdez
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reference
Easy to read, good coverage, useful reference. Met my need to understand various collaborative learning techniques college faculty could use in teaching
Published 10 months ago by judith
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful for both face to face and online teaching
I used this text in a class about teaching techniques. It is well-orgainzed and loaded with ideas on effective teaching practices. Read more
Published 11 months ago by C. L. Davis
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I purchased this book to get ideas for collaborative learning techniques at work. I am in the field of software development and we are moving towards a more team driven approach... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Marie Dulin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelente libro!!!
El libro es una materail muy valioso para los profesiales que se dedican a la educación universitaria. Muy claro en los materiales que presenta.
Published on May 5, 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars nurse educator
This is on the 'recommended' resource list of my professor. I have found it very useful as I am preparing my student teaching assignments and looking for new strategies.
Published on February 7, 2010 by Nurse Educator student
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent for teachers
En estas épocas en las que solicitamos a los profesores que cambien tantas cosas y que asuman tantas responsabilidades, un libro práctico y completo como éste,... Read more
Published on January 21, 2010 by Jungle reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Great examples! Great introduction!
I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. As someone new to collaborative learning, this book was a great complement to my class on collaborative learning and provided a ton of ideas... Read more
Published on May 27, 2008 by Heather Edick
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