Engaging the Experience of Learning

Submitted by Gregory Hladysh on

Classrooms are filled with students that show up but never participate, and that is distressing.  Educators know the real world does not operate in a singularity.  Contextually, singularity means success in achieved through collaborative efforts working in teams.  Your team may be geographically diverse, or sitting next to you.  Proximity is not important, sharing ideas and the ability to express thereof is important.  An educator finds himself or herself struggling to have substantive discussions of any caliber because technology intervened to distract, entertain, and manipulate behavior into patterns observed online, which for the most part is unchaparoned and/or unexplained.  The intervention of technology dampened the development and the desire to skillfully communicate face-to-face.

My solution to the problem is assigning students into random groups, assigning research topics requiring PowerPoint presentations, which are assembled during class, followed up with teammates after class, and oral presentations as a group.

The change in poise and communication has been astounding as each class progresses. 

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Becky Baranowski Tue, 03/21/2017 - 8:30am

Please let us know how this turns out for you.  Thanks for taking time to submit a CATS.

Peter Turner Tue, 03/21/2017 - 1:53pm

Looking forward to your results. I use cooperative learning groups all the time for projects such as yours and see viable results from them.Suggestion: I use a contract that students read and sign off on, and a confidential individual member rating at the end of the project, and this helps them stay focused and share positively. If you are interested, see at: