Learners Helping Learners
While preparing for my class this spring, I thought about which learning objectives could be easily assessed with some sort of collaborative exercise. I ran across the article “Promoting Student Success Through Collaboration”in the January 21, 2013 issue of Faculty Focus by Dr. Oliver Dreon. It’s essentially an article discussing ways students can use Google Docs to collaborate. Honestly, I’m quite familiar with Google Docs but continued to read because the background story got my attention and caused me to seriously consider my beliefs about the notion of learners learning from each other. The article references a student taking the lead on collaboration in her course by inviting students to collaborate through the use of a Google document. A concern for the student was whether or not this collaboration would be considered a form of cheating, especially in the case where the number of successful students exceeded the number of failures. I agree with Dr. Dreon’s position that student learning shouldn’t be viewed as a competition in the sense of winners and losers.