Collaborative Learning

What is Collaborative Learning?

Collaborative Learning is an academic support program utilizing peer-assisted study sessions like Supplemental Instruction (SI) or group tutoring to enhance student performance and retention. Collaborative Learning offers regularly scheduled study sessions that are facilitated by trained LU peers who assist students with learning course content and study skills.

Why should I attend Collaborative Learning sessions?

Students who attend Collaborative Learning sessions:
  • Earn higher final course grades and drop out of courses less frequently than non-participants
  • Learn from trained Leaders, peers who have already taken and been successful in the course
  • Collaborate with classmates to compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and predict exam questions
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Key Elements of Collaborative Learning

  • Collaborative Learning identifies traditionally difficult academic courses rather than high risk students; Collaborative Learning is not a remedial academic program
  • Collaborative Learning provides an opportunity for students to learn how to learn while learning what to learn
  • Participation in a Collaborative Learning session is voluntary, free, and open to all students in the course
  • Leaders are trained in group facilitation methods, student learning theory, and study techniques
  • Collaborative Learning sessions begin the 2nd week of classes after students.
  • Leaders facilitate and encourage the group to process the material--Leaders do not relecture to participants
  • Collaborative Learning sessions are typically held twice weekly and last 1.5 hours

What courses typically offer Collaborative Learning sessions?

Collaborative Learning Sessions are typically offered for the sciences but we are always looking for new courses. Some examples of subjects are Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Chemistry, Math, and Nursing.

How will I know if Collaborative Learning is offered for my course? 

During the first week or two of class the leader will announce that a session will be offered and give a brief introduction and details about the session day, time, and location.

How often will Collaborative Learning sessions be offered?

Up to three hours of sessions are offered per week and session times will be announced by the leader in class.