Online Engagement in VLEs:
A Short Reflection on Cooperative Learning
There are intrinsic challenges related to student-centered learning in an online course. In addition, designing and redesigning activities to promote collaborative learning is also demanding. But even though, it is quite well understood that this learning philosophy is extremely important in today
education; there are certain things that we instructors must keep in the lookout. Among the challenges one can anticipate while facilitating a student-
centered, autonomous activity in one’s current or future online course, instructors
must understand what formal cooperative learning entitles.
Making pre-instructional decisions:
Several decisions need to be made by the teacher before s/he asks the class to break up into small groups to fulfill a task. This is not just a random organization of students; learners have to be thoughtfully grouped.