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Journal of Information Systems Education

Abstract

Numerous researchers have investigated the relative merits of passive versus active learning. The research methodology, situation and approaches have varied. But the general consensus is that students comprehend and retain more material when actively involved in learning. The lecture process unfortunately places the students in a passive role and may limit their intellectual growth. Collaborative learning concepts provide a powerful strategy for enhancing MIS instruction by making learning active. The small group is a versatile organization that can be used to assist the student grasp material and then transform it into experience. This paper presents a planning process to enable MIS faculty to incorporate collaborative learning activities in their courses. A limited portfolio of collaborative learning activities are described along with possible evaluation techniques.

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