Learning to Collaborate, Collaborating to Learn

Learning to Collaborate, Collaborating to Learn : Practical Guidance for Online and Classroom Instruction

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Students who know how to collaborate successfully in the classroom will be better prepared for professional success in a world where we are expected to work well with others. Students learn collaboratively, and acquire the skills needed to organize and complete collaborative work, when they participate in thoughtfully-designed learning activities.

Learning to Collaborate, Collaborating to Learn uses the author's Taxonomy of Online Collaboration to illustrate levels of progressively more complex and integrated collaborative activities.

Section I introduces the Taxonomy of Online Collaboration and offers theoretical and research foundations.
Section II focuses on ways to use Taxonomy of Online Collaboration, including, clarifying roles and developing trust, communicating effectively, organizing project tasks and systems.
Section III offers ways to design collaborative learning activities, assignments or projects, and ways to fairly assess participants' performance.

Learning to Collaborate, Collaborating to Learn is a professional guide intended for faculty, curriculum planners, or instructional designers who want to design, teach, facilitate, and assess collaborative learning. The book covers the use of information and communication technology tools by collaborative partners who may or may not be co-located. As such, the book will be appropriate for all-online, blended learning, or conventional classrooms that infuse technology with "flipped" instructional techniques.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 10.16mm | 272.16g
  • Sterling, VA, United States
  • English
  • 1620368056
  • 9781620368053
  • 2,324,851

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"Collaboration is fast becoming one of the most important skills for leadership in the 21st-century. This fact is widely acknowledged and yet educators have few resources to teach students how to systematically pursue collaborative problem-solving. Janet Salmon's book fills this gap with this practical guide book that can be applied across any discipline. Dr. Salmons writes in a clear, logical, and engaging style that is research-based and creates a sense of excitement and motivation for the collaborative experience."--Louise Kelly, Professor of Management and Leadership "University of La Verne, and author of The Psychologist Manager. " "Western understanding of collaborative learning and work in Asia is in stark contrast to the way it is actually practiced among Chinese students. Surprisingly, they do not relish many of our best attempts to design collaborative learning processes. This is due in large part to social loafing, over-reliance on linguistic skills of others, cross-cultural disconnects, and misalignments in student/teacher expectations.

Learning to Collaborate, Collaborating to Learn gives instructors a tangible framework to understand, organize, assess, implement, and redesign methodologies toward effective student-centered existential collaborative processes inside or outside of the classroom. In our Fieldwork in Leadership Studies course, we strive to give theory practical application. The taxonomical approaches, the assessments, and the activities offered here are invaluable and can give us tangible guidelines to help us improve our deliverables."

--Brendon C. Fox, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies "Fort Hays State University US/Sino partnership with Sias International University, Xinzheng, Henan, PR China " "Employers keep saying that they want employees who can be good team players and work collaboratively, and Janet Salmons has finally provided faculty and course-writing teams with a useful, well-grounded and practical guidebook for creating learning experiences that help our students build those critical skill-sets. Dr. Salmons has provided us with a remarkably well-grounded and useful guidebook for helping create truly collaborative learning experiences for our students--and helping students move from 'ugh, group work', to 'yes, collaborative teamwork'!"

--William C. Schulz III, Director of Academic Initiatives, Office of Academic Affairs, School of Management, and Founding Director, Walden Center for Social Change "Walden University " "Collaboration is a part of our life. In this book Janet illuminates how collaboration can be a positive experience and how we can intentionally learn to be an effective collaborator no matter the circumstances, our role, our preference way of working, and end point. At a time when working effectively with others is seen as a vital skill, this book unpacks how it possible to thrive and flourish as we learn to understand the collaborative process, how working with others can be put into practice, and most importantly how we can grow as individuals personally and professionally."

--Narelle Lemon, Associate Professor, Education "Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia " "The future of work requires team adaptability, shared participation, and integrated contributions among professionals. Educators need to create thoughtful learning experiences that expose students to relevant collaboration opportunities they will encounter in a connected world. Dr. Janet Salmons' book offers the fundamentals for collaborative learning paired with the pedagogical planning and assessment practices to reach this goal. With reflective questions, team-based design graphs, and visual mapping of the collaborative learning taxonomy, instructors and learning designers will find this book to be a valuable resource for developing guided facilitation for learners."

--Laura Pasquini, Senior Lecturer "University of North Texas & Researcher with The Digital Learning and Social Media Research Group " "Collaborative learning has an amazing potential for supporting students to learn within a discipline and to grow their agency and capacity for collaborative action. Unfortunately, the literature of learning in groups is also replete with stories of how it all went wrong. This new book by Janet Salmons provides the latest version of her highly accessible research-based, conceptual and visual taxonomy of collaboration and shows us how to apply this rich vocabulary to the design of face-to-face and online collaborative learning that can yield the desired learning benefits while minimizing the pitfalls. And as a bonus the same principles can also be applied to planning successful collaborative research and work processes."

--Tony Carr, Convener of e/merge Africa and educational technologist in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) "University of Cape Town, South Africa " "Janet Salmons's practical experience with collaboration in the classroom shines through in this book. Learning to Collaborate, Collaborating to Learn is packed with actionable advice and diverse examples. I know this book will be a go-to guide for instructors across disciplines looking to help their students learn the skills of collaboration and teamwork."--Katie Linder, Research Director, Oregon State University Ecampus
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About Janet Salmons

Janet Salmons is an independent researcher and writer through Vision2Lead. She is the author of five books about online research; the most recent are Doing Qualitative Research Online (2016) and Qualitative Online Interviews (2015). Dr. Salmons served on the Ph.D. faculty in Educational Technology at Walden University and on the graduate faculty of the Capella University School of Business, where she was honored with the Harold Abel Distinguished Faculty Award for 2011-2012 and the Steven Shank Recognition for Teaching in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Dr. Salmons lives and works in Boulder, Colorado.
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