Research shows that the opportunities for learning are greatly increased when students work together in groups toward a common goal. Collaborative learning is finding a place in more college classrooms as the necessity in the 'real' world for people to work and collaborate in groups increases. Cooperative activities that provide students with highly structured formats (within which they must deal with certain contraints in order to acheive particular goals) have also been shown to increase student retention and satisfaction with courses. These articles and links should help you with new ideas for adding collaborative and cooperative learning activities to your curriculum.Off Campus Resources
NTLF frequently asked questions Cooperative Learning Definition of cooperative learning, with detailed list of 12 "learning structures and techniques" such as the three-step interview, paired annotations and double-entry journal. Bibliography included.