Micro Lesson – Collaborative Learning in your professional field

According to number of articles, such as Constructing Knowledge Together by Melinda Dooly, or Learning Iniative by Diaz, Brown and Salmons, the Collaborative Learning can be explained to be “an instructional method in which students can produce the individual parts of a larger assignment individually and then “assemble” the final work together, as a team”, or if a person asks e.g. help from classmate with homework, that as well can be understood to be an act of a collaborative learning. There are few differences when comparing to co-operative learning, as we found out with VOC theme 7, but altogether in many sources, such as study.com, and this post in Online Learning Insights, the difference is being drawn in the terminology as “Work teams Cooperate; learning teams Collaborate“.

Wikipedia also had it being put quite similarly, as “Collaborative learning is a situation in which two or more people learn or attempt to learn something together. Unlike individual learning, people engaged in collaborative learning capitalize on one another’s resources and skills (asking one another for information, evaluating one another’s ideas, monitoring one another’s work, etc.). More specifically, collaborative learning is based on the model that knowledge can be created within a population where members actively interact by sharing experiences and take on asymmetry roles. Put differently, collaborative learning refers to methodologies and environments in which learners engage in a common task where each individual depends on and is accountable to each other. These include both face-to-face conversations and computer discussions (online forums, chat rooms, etc.).”

Here’s also short video of Collaborative Learning in general:

and great TEDx-talk video about collaboration itself:

As this Micro Lesson was to think about how the Collaborative Learning helps the learning process in your vocational field, please after thinking about it for a while, answer this quick poll – thank you!


And should you have any questions, please send them to me via Facebook, email (matti.honkala@gmail.com) or leave a reply below.

10 thoughts on “Micro Lesson – Collaborative Learning in your professional field

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  4. Thank Matti for finding and sharing those videos, especially the latter one with Ken Blanchard was absolutely great. I just wonder how come everybody there raised their hand when asked if they want to make a difference in the world. Maybe it’s the American way thinking big. There was a good advice though, that with collaboration that will be more likely to happen than alone.

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