Learning in groups, rather than in formal lectures or presentations, allows students to have greater scope to negotiate meaning and express themselves and their own ideas. It also helps them to establish far more effective relationships, not only with their tutors and trainers but with each other. Yet many tutors and trainers find the leadership role required when working in groups difficult to perform satisfactorily and revert to their traditional role as subject expert and prime talker. This handbook is a truly comprehensive guide for anyone involved in group work, containing advice and practical exercises to develop group learning skills for both learners and tutors. This new edition has been thoroughly updated, containing valuable new material throughout on group learning and collaborating online, action research and the role of reflection and emotional intelligence.
This book describes team-based learning (TBL), an unusually powerful and versatile teaching strategy that enables teachers to take small group learning to a whole new level of effectiveness. It is the only pedagogical use of small groups that is based on a recognition of the critical difference between "groups" and "teams", and intentionally employs specific procedures to transform newly-formed groups into high performance learning teams. This is a teaching strategy that promotes critical thinking, collaboration, mastery of discipline knowledge, and the ability to apply it.
* How do I organize project-based learning in my classroom? * How do I ensure projects address curriculum standards? * What can I do to maximize the benefits my students get from using technology? * How do I prevent technology problems from eclipsing learning goals? This book answers teachers questions about enhancing student achievement through project-based learning with multimedia. It s a guide for anyone interested in helping students produce multimedia presentations as a way to learn academic content. Weaving together the perspectives of teachers, researchers, and staff of the award-winning Challenge 2000 Multimedia Project and the WEB project, the authors address teaching and learning issues central to successful technology projects, such as assessment, subject-area learning, and connecting to the real world. Increasing Student Learning Through Multimedia Projects offers concrete and practical advice to help teachers through the challenges of working with multimedia projects, including: * Instituting a production process, * Getting financial and logistical support and training, and * Taking on new teaching roles. Throughout, practicing teachers who have implemented this model in their classrooms share stories of their successes and failures and give advice to teachers and students just beginning their adventures with this new learning approach.