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1. colaborative learning is a educational approach to teaching and learning that involves groups of students working together to solve a problem.

2. According to Gerlach, "Collaborative learning is based on the idea that learning is a naturally social act in which the participants talk among themselves It is through the talk that learning occurs."

3. The primary tenant of collaborative learning is that students work together in groups to jointly develop solutions to challenges and problems.

4. The challenges and problems which are the focus of the collaborative work are often constructed so as to be "authentic" tasks which mirror situations students might find in real-life outside of the classroom.

5. the role that technology plays in facilitating communication between groups of students.

6. A software application can provide information which students must react to as a group or respond to via group problem solving.

7. Collaborative learning range from communication tools that allow for synchronous and asynchronous text, voice, or video chat to online spaces that facilitate brainstorming, document editing, and remote presentations of topics.

8. Many tools are available for document collaboration in face-to-face classes or online.

9. Online collaboration tools are an excellent way to engage students in both virtual and physical classrooms. They not only enable active learning, but also facilitate peer learning.

10. For example, incorporating online brainstorming tools such as Padlet or MindMeister into library instruction allows students to bounce ideas off one another and share their own individual experiences and perspectives, which has been shown to increase cognitive thinking and comprehension