Becoming Together: Creating and Looking at Collaborations as Learning Products

Vishesh Kumar, Gayithri Jayathirtha, Erica R. Halverson, Laura Carter-Stone, Kevin M. Leander, Mike Tissenbaum, Nathan T Wheeler, Breanne K. Litts

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Collaboration – the performance of working together – is a common construct in the learning sciences, though it is used almost exclusively as a strategy for improving learning of content or process outcomes. We often talk about learning through collaboration; we rarely talk about collaboration itself as learning. Talking about collaboration as learning shifts our focus on acknowledging diverse collaborative arrangements and on the design of the learning space, activities and tools that afford opportunities for the same. Instead of viewing collaborations as a byproduct of attaining a separate outcome, valuing certain collaborative behaviors as “productive”; considering collaboration as a learning outcome allows us to recognize diversity within collaborative styles and values brought into learning spaces, and their affordances and constraints for different activities. In this symposium, we bring together different ways of collaborating, as the object to design for and learn in an environment. Synthesizing these diverse bodies of work under the umbrella of learned collaboration, enables us to identify types and patterns of collaboration, which in turn, can allow us to actively support students to "learn to collaborate; as well as broaden perspectives of recognizing different behaviors as productive collaboration (which are often overlooked due to their lack of explicit service to other learning goals).
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences
Subtitle of host publication14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2020
EditorsMelissa Gresalfi, Ilana Seidel Horn
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
StatePublished - Jun 2020
EventInternational Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences - Vanderbilt University, Nashville, United States
Duration: Jun 19 2020Jun 23 2020
Conference number: 14


ConferenceInternational Conference of the Learning Sciences
Abbreviated titleICLS 2020
CountryUnited States

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