Creating Work Environment for Collaborative Learning
An approach to formation and management of the work environment for collaborative learning is suggested. The work environment is represented as dynamic groups of interrelated tasks. The aggregate of interrelated tasks is a study project. The groups are formed by assigning tasks to an appropriate time interval. In doing so jointly taken into account task-relevant knowledge, temporal and structural task characteristics, task dynamics. A task group has the following characteristics: minimal proximity of tasks relative to task-relevant knowledge; observance of tasks’ time parameters; simultaneous execution of group tasks. The work environment also provides a temporal and structural coordination during performance of tasks. The work environment created in this way allows formation of collaborative learning groups. Such groups are formed by means of assigning students to tasks in tasks groups. In order to perform a specific task a student with a minimal task-relevant knowledge is assigned. The tasks in each task group have a minimal proximity relative to task-relevant knowledge. Because of this there is also a minimal proximity of task-relevant knowledge among the members of the learning group. It leads to the possibility of the maximal collaboration among the participants of the learning groups. This, in turn, ensures the effectiveness of collaborative learning.
Keywords: Task-Relevant Knowledge, Collaborative Learning Groups, Work Environment
Prof., Department of Computer Science, Al- Qasemi Academic College of Education