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Scaffolding large units for small group collaborative learning : a case study.

Roberts, Alan G. & Ryan, Michael (2008) Scaffolding large units for small group collaborative learning : a case study. In Asia-Pacific Education Research Association (APERA) Conference : Educational Research for Innovation & Quality in Education : Policy & Pedagogical Engagements Across Contexts, 26-28 November 2008, National Institute of Education, Singapore. . (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Undergraduates working in teams can be a problematic endeavour, sometimes exacerbated for the student by poor prior experiences, a predisposition to an individual orientation of assessment, and simply the busyness that now typifies the life of a student. But effort in pedagogical design is worthwhile where team work is often a prerequisite in terms of graduate capabilities, robust learning, increased motivation, and indeed in terms of equipping individuals for emergent knowledge-age work practice, often epitomised by collaborative effort in both blended and virtual contexts. Through an iterative approach, based extensively on the established literature, we have developed a successful scaffold which is workable with a large cohort group (n >800), such that it affords students the lived experience of being a part of a learning network. Individuals within teams work together, to develop individual components that are subsequently aggregated and reified to an overall team knowledge artefact. We describe our case and propose a pedagogical model of scaffolding based on three perspectives: conceptual, rule-based and community-driven. This model provides designers with guidelines for producing and refining assessment tasks for team-based learning.

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ID Code: 41616
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Deposited On: 10 May 2011 08:51
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 18:12

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