I´ve been thinking how this concept – collaborative learning – has different meaning for us, and in different situations, concept and in other cultures, how wide is this concept? And what does it mean to me. Earlier, during my time as a student at the university, I haven´t thought so much about working collaborative, maybe I don´t like it, cause I more like to work individually, and there always are those who works and those who don´t work when it comes to collaborative working or group work. So, what´s the meaning of working in groups? Others will get approved without doing anything, just passive participation and not take part in the group as an active member, just for the credits for the actual course, for getting ready with the whole education. BUT the more I read about teamwork, collaborative work, working in couples I begin to see the effort and the result is often more of 1 +1=3 and this is what we want to achieve of course.
I see collaborative learning, as a process, where you can have a goal, to achieve, but how to reach the goal is not pointed out, which can be confusing for some people to work without guidelines or instruction and for some people they get interested and real motivated by this kind of working or collaborating, a good opportunity to use their own creativity and fantasy. According the recommended articles we are supposed to read, as Wenger, 2010; Brindley et al., 2009; I think it appears that the environment is of great importance to get and when it comes to the benefits with collaborative learning, I found this little list of that, have a look and you will see how much advantages there are with this kind of learning http://www.gdrc.org/kmgmt/c-learn/44.html.
I have really learnt a lot with this topic and a new way of thinking, about the students and about creating learning activities, and that´s nice…..