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Building an Engaging Collaborative Classroom

Graduate-Level Credit / Non-Credit Hours
3 Semester Credits, 5 Quarter Credits, or 45 Clock Hours

Course Description

Participants in this course will examine collaborative, engaged, cooperative learning—a significant shift away from the typical teacher-centered classroom.  Participants will learn how developing a classroom culture of trust, safety, challenge, and joy can foster engaged and effective learning.  Research suggests that effective communication and collaboration are essential to becoming a successful learner.  Participants will learn how to develop classroom learning experiences around students’ constructing knowledge and engaging in action together.  Techniques to develop intrinsic motivation that leads to student engagement and achievement will be researched.  Foundational work in this course will include the research and use of collaborative learning, engaged learning, and cooperative learning models.  Participants will synthesize these paradigms and create applications for implementation into their own classrooms.  

Global Goals of the Course

  1. To examine seminal and current research in the area of best practice instruction (NBPTS 3,4)
  2. To develop an understanding of the need for collaborative and engaged learning in today’s classroom (NBPTS 1,3,4)
  3. To analyze current instructional practices in order to infuse more collaborative and engaged practices to better support student learning (NBPTS 1,3,4)
  4. To explore possible applications for student-centered instruction in the classroom (NBPTS 1,2,3,4)
  5. To synthesize best practice research and classroom applications (NBPTS 2,3,4)


By Tracy Swanson
Reviewed 1 year ago
This was my first connecting link course. I enjoyed it so much that I plan to take more classes.

By Dennis Cassulo
Reviewed 1 year ago
My instructor, Paul Wright, did an excellent job.

By Laura Robinson
Reviewed 1 year ago
Thanks for all the great discussions!

By Cara Gabriel
Reviewed 1 month ago
Great course and professor!

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