Collaborative Learning Activities

See attached document to read upon the course proposal in order to complete the discussion.

*** Present an idea for a collaborative activity to be included in your online course (American Literature) and establish guidelines for how the activity will be completed. Begin by describing the graded activity, and go on to relate how you would assign the learners to groups (suppose that your course has an enrollment of 15 students). Next, define what tasks will need to be completed and how the assignment will be carried out, and explain how learner performance will be appraised. Discuss any potential challenges you and your students might face in completing this group assignment and how you might solve them.

For this Discussion, please use the list of suggested journals below to identify at least one article to support your position.


Pea, R.D. (1993). Practices of distributed intelligence and designs for education. In G. Salomon (Ed.), Distributed Cognitions: Psychological and educational considerations (pp. 47–87). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Siegel, M.A., Derry, S.J., Steinkuehler, C.A., Kim, J-B., & Seymour, J. (2001, April). What and how preservice teachers learn: Designing a course that fosters development of useful theoretical knowledge and the assessment methods to capture it.Paper presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Seattle, WA.

Vygotsky, L. S. (1986). Thought and language. (Kozulin, A., Trans.). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.