Center for Faculty Innovation

Toward Successful Cooperative Learning (Workshop)

Thu, 29 Nov 2018 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Location:  Student Success Center room 4047

Cooperative learning is an umbrella term for teaching strategies that use small groups for in-depth engagement and interaction with course material. Within these groups, students work together to accomplish a common goal, such as solving complex problems collaboratively, critically analyzing and discussing source material, and synthesizing knowledge. Cooperative learning with groups can be a powerful learning tool, but there are many problems that can interfere with your learning goals. In this workshop, we will examine the key concepts and best practices that can help you to make your cooperative learning experience more successful.

Facilitator: Dr. Michael Kirkpatrick, Ph.D., Computer Science

Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Explaining the factors that contribute to or detract from successful group learning,
  • Articulating the stages of group dynamics and interpersonal skill development, and
  • Identifying strategies for individual and group accountability in a cooperative learning environment.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these teaching outcomes:

  • Appreciating pedagogy—the art and science of teaching and learning--as a significant higher education endeavor; and
  • Identifying factors that influence pedagogical choices.

If you require non-dietary accommodations to participate in this program, please email the CFI at or call (568-4846) immediately to convey your needs.  We will work with the HR department to provide you with reasonable accommodations, if time permits.


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