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Stephen Downes

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Think this is a bit of a misrepresentation of cooperative learning, though I admit that it is my own view that might be idiosyncratic. What I think the article gets right is that it depicts collaborative learning as students working in a group to accomplish a task together, while in cooperative learning students work independently on separate tasks that only later come together. But this article also suggests cooperative learning involves greater teacher control, where students work "to achieve a goal set by a specific instructor or teacher under specific rules" and that "cooperative learning requires more supervision and direction from the instructor." That's not how I see it. My version of cooperative learning has each student (or small group of students; it's up to them) working on their own self-defined tasks, and coming together to share resources or exchange ideas that are mutually beneficial.

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