(15 ISBE Clock Hours) Incorporating regular collaborative learning opportunities into your lessons is an important part of a strong lesson cycle. But choosing a model that always promotes student discussion at high levels can be an arduous task for any busy teacher. This course presents 6 common models along with accompanying student resources, to help you plan low-prep methods for collaboration that still support student learning at high levels.

  • Total Price: $85
  • Credit Type: ISBE Clock Hours

  • Credits: 15 ISBE Clock Hours

  • 27 High-Quality Resources Provided with the Course


  • 21st Century Learning
  • Class Management/ Behavior
  • Social /Emotional
  • Lesson & Curriculum Planning
  • Teaching Strategies
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Course Objectives & What You Will Learn in this Course:

What You Will Learn
  • What Collaborative Learning is & How it Can Improve Learning, Peer Engagement, & Academic/ Social Development

  • The Six Most Common Collaborative Learning Models to Use in the Classroom

  • How to Structure, Plan, Assess, & Hold Students Accountable While Implementing Collaborative Learning

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Course Guiding Question:

Course Guiding Questions

How can I provide my students with the support and structure required to collaborate deeply within specific collaborative learning models?

With such a busy schedule it’s hard to implement new strategies and techniques but this course made it so easy! The course gave me great ideas on how to use collaborative learning groups with my students and the resources and planning documents made it effortless to get started!

-Elementary-Level Teacher

 15 ISBE Clock Hours

At the conclusion of this course, you will earn 15 ISBE clock hours, including a signed ISBE certificate.

Continuing Education hours through Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) are offered as ISBE clock hours and indicated as continuing education clock hours on a University provided certificate. Although offered in partnership with NEIU, they do not result in graduate- level or academic credit and cannot be used toward a degree program. These courses are primarily intended for recertification or re-licensure and continuing education for teachers in the state of Illinois.

Northeastern Illinois University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is recognized as an approved provider of ISBE clock hours by the state of Illinois.

Course Sections

Topics Covered and General Course Outline

Section 1 – What is Collaborative Learning?

  • An Overview of Collaborative Learning and the Peer Relationship
  • Common Elements of Collaborative Learning
  • How to Build Peer Groups for Collaborative Learning

Section 2 – Low Prep Common Collaborative Learning Models

  • Six Common Collaborative Models Used in the Classroom
  • Examples of How They Can Promote Student Collaboration

Section 3 – Structuring and Assessing Collaboration

  • What Elements Make Up Strong Collaboration
  • How to Structure Your Activities and Prompts to Promote Strong Collaboration
  • How to Hold Students Accountable for Their Learning in Collaborative Groups
  • How to Assess Collaboration Within Groups
Professional Development Course Resources

Helpful Resources & Templates Included With the Course
The course comes with 27 templates, tools, and graphic organizers ready to be used in your classroom!
These Include:

  • Student Grouping Template with Sample
  • Student Grouping Cards
  • Group Discussion Notes Template with Sample
  • Group Presentation Planner with Sample
  • Think-Pair-Share Worksheet with Sample
  • Hot Seat Question Planner with Sample
  • Jigsaw Worksheet with Sample
  • Pyramid Analysis Worksheet with Sample
  • Common Collaborative Models Guide
  • Questioning Planner with Sample
  • Sample Prompts to Promote Engagement
  • Academic Progress Tracker with Sample
  • AcademicCollaboration Rubric
  • Collaborative Learning Plan with Sample
  • Effectiveness Rubric
  • Implementation Observation Checklist with Sample

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  • Register for full access to the course for 1 full year
  • Get started immediately, work at your own pace, and earn 15 ISBE clock hours once complete
  • Once your course is complete you will receive a completed ISBE certificate from NEIU

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