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Improving Achievement through Collaborative Team Learning

EDUC 600

This 3-credit continuing education graduate course has been designed to introduce teachers to Improving Achievement through Collaborative Team Learning. The course will cover the theoretical base and underlying principles and concepts related to collaboration and student achievement as covered in the text and knowledge base.. Schools need collaboration to keep adults and students learning and to successfully implement new ideas.  Effective collaboration requires that educators have the skills of relationship building, clear and positive communication, and conflict resolution.  Also important is on-going review of the collaborative process.  Participants in this course will learn about the components of effective collaboration as well as strategies and skills to encourage and maintain the process.  Participants will have the opportunity to apply five specific, practical competencies in their educational setting as covered in the assignments. Lots of materials, activities, strategies and ideas dealing with collaboration and student achievement will be shared, analyzed and evaluated to the end that these efforts will provide the students of participants with many instructional and assessment tools for improving their academic achievement levels.


As result of participation in this course, students should know and understand:

  1. The theoretical base and underlying principles and concepts of the course. 
  2. The importance of the student collaborative process for more effective learning.  
  3. The role of effective student collaboration in the implementation of new ideas, materials, strategies and activities as opposed to the more traditional delivery options.
  4. The necessary components of effective team learning and collaboration.
  5. The skills needed for students to participate in the collaborative process. 
  6. Five specific competencies needed to effectively incorporate collaboration learning in the school and classroom. 
  7. How to help students of course participants prioritize five specific collaboration and achievement competencies to implement to the end they will result in a greater impact on student achievement. 
  8. How to develop, implement and evaluate an effective Plan of Action. 

Required Text:

Bordessa. K. (2006). Team challenges: 170+ group activities. Chicago, IL: Zephyr Press.