2016 Kampala LINQED workshop homework

08 May 2016

Co-operative learning

Group work is one of the teaching methods that we use frequently. When organizing group work, have you observed or experienced difficulties that you would like to cope with?

 1.   Analyze a challenge/problem of group-work

(each individual participant thinks about at least one challenge that he/she have observed/experienced)

A. Read carefully the section “Johnson, Johnson and Smith’s five pillar” in the article ‘Making Cooperative Learning Work in the College Classroom: An Application of the ‘Five Pillars’ of Cooperative Learning Post-Secondary Instruction (page 65 – 72) by Karrie A. Jones and Jennifer L. Jones (2008)

       B. Analyze the selected challenge of group-work:

  • Describe the selected group-work challenge (including relevant information for others to understand the group-work context). The challenge can be related to e.g. the design of tasks, group work organization or assessment.
  • Identify the element(s) of “cooperative learning” that might be relevant for the challenge at hand or it’s solution.
  • Reflect on the identified elements and think about how they may help in problem-solving.

Bring the notes or results of your analysis to the workshop. You will be asked to share /discuss your analysis with other participants during the “co-operative learning” session.

 Educational research

2. Reflection on your teaching practice:

Think of a course you are teaching (have taught) and an important learning outcome you would like students to achieve, answering the following questions:

          Q1: What do(did) you do to support students to achieve the learning outcome?

          Q2: do you see room for improvement (better achieving the learning outcome)?

          Q3: What might you want to try out? What might you want to change?

Please bring your answers to the workshop. You will be asked to share /discuss them with other participants during the “educational research” session.


Reading: Kember, D., & Gow, L.. (1992). Action Research as a Form of Staff Development in Higher Education. Higher Education, 23(3), 297–310. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org.kuleuven.ezproxy.kuleuven.be/stable/3447378

 Educational leadership

3. Fill in the survey by 11 May.

4.   Reading: Sparks, D.. (2009). What I Believe about Leadership Development. The Phi Delta Kappan, 90(7), 514–517. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org.kuleuven.ezproxy.kuleuven.be/stable/20446162

 A. What is your understanding of educational leadership development?  

Please bring your answers to the workshop. You will be asked to share /discuss them with other participants during the “educational research” session.


B. Per institution, prepare 2 slides on an example initiative aiming at professional development and lifelong learning of staff involved in high education teaching. Please elaborate on what the network can learn from this example.


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