Linking co-operative learning into a Learning Platform
This is an idea of how an aspect of co-operative learning could be implemented into a learning platform. The aspect of co-operative learning will be a jigsaw method. The learning platform I will focus on will be the RM Kaleidos Learning Platform (Sharepoint with a wrap).
The first job for the teacher would be to create “Home” Teams for their knowledge of their students they wish to work with. Generally with a group of 30 students, with 4/5 members of the home team, that would be 6/7 groups.
My consideration is that these how teams are “private”, the resources and learning created with that team stays with that team, they can produce resources for others, or presentations etc. but this would be the final product.
Expert teams are loose associations of students around an aspect of a theme for learning. This could be “Energy” in physics where the students investigate the various forms of energy, report back to home teams and extra learning resources created around those resources.
Using a Learning Platform and specifically the RM one, the “Home” teams can be created into distinct and closed “Learning Spaces”, the members of this space are generated automatically with the teacher having access as well. The teacher could then give full control to this team to develop the site, with each taking a rolling responsibility for its development. Within this space the team could generate a blog, discussion, wiki, sub space around a learning topic, with the ability to embed video, audio etc.
Expert teams could have access to resources created by Home teams, e.g. for Energy teams create a resource which becomes an expert area for other teams as well.
By setting tasks outside the classroom, sharing planning and perhaps sharing teachers video of expectations the students will arrive at the classroom with a higher degree of readiness for co-operative learning, meaning that valuable hour in front of the class becomes much more effective.
Indeed this probably goes back to the notion of fitting co-operative pedagogies into a crowded learning day for students, by using the “homework” feature of school life via the learning platform for students to prepare for their “learning experience”, perhaps this is a way of enabling the transformation of learning via the back door of secondary education.