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Chapter 3: Facilitating digitally enhanced collaborative learning

Main topics

Chapter 3 focuses on digital settings which facilitate collaborative learning including the development of future skills that go beyond traditional knowledge acquisition. Among these future skills are self-development, teamwork, critical thinking and inter- and transdisciplinarity. The main goal of collaborative learning settings is in promoting learning as a reflective and co-constructed process between students. Accordingly, various digital approaches and practical tools enabling and supporting collaborative learning are presented and discussed.

Thus, Chapter 3 aims at supporting learners, particularly teachers, to promote collaborative learning as a reflective and co-constructed process between students which is exemplified by designing gamification, a digital escape room and a podcast.

Online references to results of the EDUdig project and other open sources are also given.

Reflective questions

Three reflective questions may serve as an attunement and as a motivator:

  • What are the characteristics of collaborative learning approaches as compared to other forms of learning?
  • What do I expect from digitally enhanced collaborative learning?
  • How can I enhance students’ commitment towards virtual collaborative learning?