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Encouraging self-organising groups

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The Cloudworks Team
17 June 2008

How can one ensure that students collaborate, if they have no previous experience of collaborative learning? Davinia Hernández Leo and colleagues suggest some strategies, including: (1) assign tasks soluble by a team but not a single person (eg, limiting the time allowed to force division of labour); and (2) holding back from answering a student’s questions to give other students a chance to respond (eg the rule of “three before me” – answer a question only after a student has asked three others for help). See pp. 70-71, ‘Encouraging self-organization’

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