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Active and Collaborative Learning

Faculty study, practice and assess active and collaborative learning


Why practice active and collaborative teaching and learning?

One of the college's benchmarking surveys is the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), a survey that includes students’ perceptions of their engagement in their learning. CCSSE conducted a validation study that indicated the strongest correlations between student engagement and student outcomes are related to indicators for “Active and Collaborative Learning.”

According to CCSSE[1]:

Active and collaborative learning was perhaps the most consistent predictor of student success across studies and across measures, suggesting that the impact of active and collaborative learning is pervasive in the college experience. Active and collaborative learning is linked with higher grades and course completion measures as well as long-term persistence and degree completion.”

Other studies have reached similar conclusions. A study of the correlation between CCSSE benchmarks and student outcomes by Price and Tovar (2014)[2] found that several indicators of ACL -- students working together in and out of class, peer tutoring, and out-of-class course discussion with faculty -- were “statistically associated with graduation rates.”

How do we assess our active and collaborative teaching and learning?

In the 2010 and 2013 survey, Columbus State scored below the national cohort in Active and Collaborative Learning. Below are the specific indicators from the CCSSE survey.

Q: Frequency of experience with ...

All CSCC
Students 2010

%

All CSCC Students 2013

%

2013 cohort

%

* Worked with classmates outside of class

Never         
Sometimes 
Often          
Very Often

48.8
36.1        
10.3
4.8                   

Never         
Sometimes 
Often          
Very Often 

46.8
36.2
13.0
4.0

Never         
Sometimes
Often
Very Often

38.2     
38.0 
16.7
7.1

* Made a class presentation

Never          
Sometimes
Often
Very Often 

35.1
36.1
20.0
8.8

Never         
Sometimes 
Often          
Very Often   

37.1
41.8
14.8
6.3

Never         
Sometimes
Often
Very Often 

27.5     
41.4
22.0
9.1

*Community based project

Never          
Sometimes
Often
Very Often

83.5
11.6
2.9
2.1

Never         
Sometimes 
Often          
Very Often  

81.2
13.7
4.3
.09

Never         
Sometimes
Often
Very Often 

76.1      
16.7
5.0
2.3

Worked with other students in class

Never         
Sometimes
Often
Very Often  

16.1
39.0
32.0
12.9

Never         
Sometimes
Often
Very Often  

15.9
41.2
32.9
10.0

Never         
Sometimes
Often
Very Often

12.1       
39.4
33.4
15.2

Discussed ideas from class w/others (family, co-workers, etc.) outside of class

Never         
Sometimes
Often         
Very Often

15.2
36.0
32.6
16.2

Never         
Sometimes  
Often           
Very Often  

16.7
39.0
27.1  
17.1

Never         
Sometimes  
Often           
Very Often  

12.9
37.6
30.0
19.5

Tutored or taught other students

Never         
Sometimes
Often
Very Often

79.6
16.6
2.8
1.0

Never         
Sometimes
Often
Very Often

75.1
18.2
5.0
1.7

Never         
Sometimes
Often
Very Often  

72.4       
19.4
5.4
2.8

Asked questions in class or contributed to class discussions

Never         
Sometimes
Often
Very Often

  2.5
31.8
30.9
34.8

Never
Sometimes
Often
Very Often

1.4
28.5
38.6
31.5

Never         
Sometimes
Often
Very Often

 2.5
31.7
35.3
30.5

[1]McClenney K., Marti C., and Adkins C. (2006). Student Engagement and Student Outcomes: Key Findings from CCSSE Validation Research. Community College Leadership Program

[2] Price D., Tovar E., (2014) Student Engagement and Institutional Graduation Rates: Identifying High-Impact Educational Practices for Community Colleges. Community College Journal of Research and Practice.

Below are some video excerpts of some of the key principles and techniques explored during a two day workshop led by the SCALE Institute in June, 2014. Thank-you SCALE for sharing your expertise!

Group Work v. Cooperative Learning

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Active and Collaborative Activities Resources

Take CRAFT courses in cooperative learning

Collaborative Learning Techniques
Available from the Columbus State Library
A collection of exercises with intended learning outcomes and recommended subjects

On course 2-day workshop:innovative strategies for empowering your students to become active, responsible learners
Available from the Columbus State Library
The workbook from the On Course Two Day Workshop. Contains many active learning structures.