David Sean Lester is focused on collaboration and makes some interesting points on what to consider when designing for collaborative learning. David’s premise is that collaborative learning happens best in a middlespace and then he provides a comparative list of design considerations to support collaborative versus individual learning, for example:
- practice vs theory
- learning environment vs learning requirement
- distributed leadership vs designated leadership
- role seeking vs goal seeking
This is a good list for any instructional designer who is looking at incorporating collaboration into the design of a program, not just adding a few collaborative activities.
I should note that David and I had corresponded several years ago but lost touch. Thanks to Facebook we reconnected and I came across his new website.