In a recent post, I discussed the difference between ‘group learning’ and ‘collaborative/cooperative learning’. However I struggled with making a distinction between ‘collaborative’ and ‘cooperative’. Both terms seemed interchangeable…until now!
Earlier today while researching on the benefits of collaborative learning practices in the classroom, I actually stumbled across a website that articulated the difference between the two terms!
This is what it read: “Collaborative learning is similar to, but not the same as, cooperative learning. In cooperative learning the task is divided vertically (i.e., members work more or less concurrently on different aspects of a project), whereas in collaborative learning the task is divided horizontally (i.e., members work together more or less sequentially on different aspects of a project) (Dillenbourg, 1999).”
Curtin University (2013). Curtin Teaching and Learning: Collaborative Learning. Retrieved From http://cel.curtin.edu.au/ePedagogy/student_centred/collaborative.cfm