How can I design effective collaborative tasks for students?

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Episode 103: Jump up University of Maryland

A successful interactive classroom provides students with engaging tasks for collaborative work. What are some of the features of successful collaborative tasks for students?

July 2, 2018

Pedagogy Content
Facilitating collaboration
Physics Content
STEM-wide audiences

Lesson Contents (3 MB)Student Handout
Transcript, discussion questions, and problem

(1 MB)Specific Lesson Guide
Facilitator's guide for this lesson

(1 MB)General Facilitator's Guide
Background and best practices

(158 MB)Video
Captioned video


Sample Discussion Prompts

  1. The “task for students” above is an excerpt from a tutorial worksheet. What does the learning goal of the excerpt appear to be?
  2. What features of the tutorial worksheet excerpt encourage students to engage with the target physics concepts?
  3. What features of the worksheet excerpt help students engage with each other?
  4. What features of the worksheet excerpt may help them arrive at a scientific understanding (even without assistance from an instructor)?
  5. Watching the episode, what do you observe about how the students interact with the tutorial worksheet?
  6. What design principles does this episode suggest for effective collaborative tasks for students?

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