Thanks to Ferina Santos - @ferinasantos - for sharing this excellent article on trends in Education. I think it is a wonderful overview of what the future of education is going to be like. No prizes for guessing that the emphasis is on collective and collaborative learning techniques and mechanisms!
Here are some excerpts that appealed to my mind:
The quality of discussions is a predictor of the achievement of the group. Instructors should provide a model of how a successful group functions. Shared leadership is best. Students should work together on the of a group. Roles are important in group development. Task functions include:
- Initiating Discussions
- Clarifying points
- Challenging assumptions/devil’s advocate
- Providing or researching information
- Reaching a consensus.
- Sensing group feelings
- Compromising and encouraging
- Relieving tension
- Bringing people into discussion