Design for collaboration

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.

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