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Collaborative Learning: Recommendations and Strategies for Use When Developing Collaborative Learning Activities in Your Classroom

December 13, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

This event is part of the CTLT Winter Institute, taking place from December 11-15, 2023.

In this panel, participants will be provided with recommendations and strategies to aid them when developing collaborative learning activities in their own classrooms.

As panelists reflect on their own experiences, we will explore many benefits related to collaborative learning, such as the opportunity to engage with diverse perspectives, enhanced classroom community, personal responsibility for learning, and digital literacy. We will also present how to overcome common barriers related to student buy-in, group formation, scheduling, and the “free-rider” problem. Finally, we will look at how technology can support you when designing these activities and how to choose a tool that best aligns with the learning objectives of your course.


  • Micheal Jerowsky, Arts ISIT, Teaching and Learning Research and Evaluation Assistant, mike.jerowsky@ubc.ca.
  • Jason Myers, Faculty Liaison (Arts), jason.myers@ubc.ca

Faculty Presenters:

  • Dr. Qian Wang, Asian Studies, Chinese Language Program Director, Associate Professor of Teaching, Chinese Linguistics
  • Dr. Siobhán Wittig McPhee, Associate Professor of Teaching; Geography
  • Dr. Katherine Lyon, Assistant Professor of Teaching; Sociology
  • Dr. Brianne Orr-Álvarez, Associate Professor of Teaching, Associate Head of Spanish Studies; French, Hispanic and Italian Studies

This event will be hosted over Zoom.