Contribution to Books
The current standard paradigm for online learning involves asynchronous learning. We propose to expand that paradigm to include synchronous elements to the general course design, specifically cooperative learning (CL). Cooperative learning in any classroom, traditional or online, must include a synchronous event: all members are present at the same time in the same space. A synchronous form of online CL simulates face-to-face interaction available in a live classroom but conducted through screen-to-screen communication. The inclusion of synchronous components carries the benefit of increased student engagement and community-building, thereby maximizing the potential for student learning and successful completion.
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Focarile, Teresa and Grover, Lana. (2018). "Effective and Interactive Group Assignments in an Online Course". It Works For Me with High-Impact Practices: A Step-by-Step Guide, 42-43.