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reAct methodological design

reAct methodological design

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the reAct methodological design. More info on http://reactproject.eu
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The teacher’s role in collaborative learning environments, albeit offline or online, is one of

encouraging participation and creating conditions for collaboration. In fact, he/she has a

critical role to play in the learning process of students as he/she is the motivator and

inspirator of the students learning activities. In addition, the teacher has to be familiar with

technology as online learning environments tend to become an integral part of the teaching

practice. How do we create conditions to encourage collaborative learning? Here are some

suggestions to do so.

Ensure that the environment is democratic, non-hostile, non-competitive and encourages

respect for the views and opinions of others (Sheridan 1989), encouraging constructive

debate. It is important that participants feel free to share ideas and experiences in pursuit of

creating shared learning.

Teachers should be flexible, and able to adapt to:

Changing topics for discussion or debate. Often, the class has interests in tangential issues

not central to the topic of discussion.

Group formation. Allow groups to meet through a topic of interest and not force them to

participate in one or another group.

Activities led by students facilitate collaborative learning that, by reducing dependence on

the teacher , allow students to trust their own abilities to explore and develop knowledge.

Manage expectations and objectives of the program to be developed

Plan for the many collaborative learning situations that will take place in class, ensure that

the time allotted will be appropriate, establish and communicate clear goals, provide clear

instructions, and be ready to answer questions or assist with or in conflict situations

(MacGregor 1990).

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