A video to facilitate collaborative learning
Macbeth, J. (1997) A video to facilitate collaborative learning. In: CAUTHE 1997: Tourism research: Building a better industry, 6 - 9 July, Sydney, Australia.
This 'dramatic' video is a practical learning aid for teachers and students in units utilising collaborative learning to achieve academic objectives. The video is designed in segments to follow the stages of development (or life cycle) of work groups and models specific skills needed in collaborative situations. This paper introduces you to the video, its structure and its underlying philosophy. The video cover summaries it thus: This video explores key aspects of working together in groups, of accomplishing learning tasks collaboratively.
You will meet Jessica, Tan, Helen and Dean and their tutor Diane. The students form a group to tackle an assignment on ecotourism. Each joins for different reasons and each brings different skills and knowledge to the task they face. While initially working at cross purposes, they eventually develop into an effective team.
It is fundamental to the accomplishment of learning tasks that groups understand the process and the dynamics operating as they set about reaching the group's objectives. This video and booklet provide a useful four part model for developing that understanding.
The video can be used by teachers as a discussion starter to encourage students to develop this awareness of group processes but can also be viewed by individuals or groups as part of their own development. Collaborative learning, working together in small groups is a 23 minute video which combines drama and documentary to facilitate collaborative learning in tertiary courses.
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