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We live in a world where trust and teamwork are more important than ever.
Collaborative learning is an umbrella term for a variety of approaches in education that involve a joint intellectual effort by students or students and teachers. It refers to methodologies and environments in which learners engage in a common task in which each individual depends on and is accountable to each other. It involves the use of small groups so that all students can maximize their learning and that of their peers. It is a process of shared creation: two or more individuals interacting to create a shared understanding of a concept, discipline or area of practice that none had previously possessed or could have come to on their own.

1. The global search for education: Wanted: collaborative problem solvers!
The HuffingtonPost alerts that disadvantaged students see the value of teamwork often more clearly than their advantaged peers. They tend to report more often that teamwork improves their own efficiency, that they prefer working as part of a team to working alone.

2. The new power of collaboration
A brilliant TED Talk regarding the coming world of collaboration, participatory media, and collective action — and how Wikipedia is really an outgrowth of our natural human instinct to work as a group.

3. Benefits of collaborative learning
Marjan Laal and Seyed Mohammad Ghodsi wrote a paper focused on the fact that Collaborative learning, compared with competitive and individualistic efforts, has numerous benefits and typically results in higher achievement and greater productivity, more caring, supportive, and committed relationships; and greater psychological health, social competence, and self-esteem.

4. Collaborative learning for the digital age
Cathy N. Davidson shares her thoughts on how the digital age is changing our brain by modeling a different way of knowing the world, one that encompasses new and different forms of collaboration and attention.

5. Reasons and Research – Why schools need collaborative learning spaces
Kelly Walsh shares a few reasons why schools should create collaborative learning spaces.

6. Seven things you should know about collaborative learning spaces
We share with you the main topics regarding collaborative learning, presented in a very condensed way.

7. Want to make it in this world? Better learn to collaborate
HuffingtonPost explains why the quicker students embrace group assignments as a chance to develop personal leadership and collaborative skills then the more attractive they will be to employers.

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