Collaborative learning

Collaborative learning is an important component of learning, and can also be used in assessment. This occurs when students work in groups and learn from and with each other. By sharing individual experience and expertise, they create an authentic learning environment which replicates collaboration in professional or community settings.

As assessment, collaboration can be used for capstone projects, work-integrated learning, authentic assessment, laboratory work or creative projects that are designed to encourage students to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and capabilities.

Collaborative learning can take place in real time either in person or online, or even asynchronously.

Education Performance Standards Framework

The Education Performance Standards identify the expectations of education practice at Monash – See the Education Performance Standards for more details.

Impact on student learning

Impact on educational knowledge

Impact on educational environment

Effective teaching and learning

Responsive program design

Student- centred orientation

Professional learning engagement

Pedagogical content knowledge

Education research performance

Education innovation

Education leadership



You could address these Practice Elements by providing evidence of how you:

  • Plan appropriate group and team work learning activities and/or assessment
  • Provide guidelines and resources to support students to develop collaboration skills
  • Monitor and facilitate collaborative processes in your unit/s
  • Design innovative approaches to teamwork projects, including online collaboration
  • Embed student-centred learning within collaborative activities and/or assessments
  • Align collaborative learning activities with the overall learning outcomes for your unit/s.

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