Co-operative learning is not mere group work. Among other things, 3 important factors are positive interdependence, group and individual accountability and interaction.
It covers a range of effective activities that helps the student own and construct their learning.
This chart shows beautifully the benefits of co-operative learning. Well-design co-operative learning activities will include demonstration, discussion, practice by doing and the teaching of others.
In considering the design of learning with technology, if we include elements of co-operative learning rather than making the students working individually only, the impact of learning can certainly be enhanced.
For instance, when students work in groups to create a game on Tinytap and each group is working on a slight variation, the learning is further enhanced compared to one in which they all create exactly the same game. Playing each other’s games will be more interesting and there will be learning in that process too. Aspect of technology can be leveraged upon for accountability, for instance, wanting to hear different voices in recording the questions.
Co-opt the use of both educational technology and co-operative strategies to further increase learning.