Social learning has always been a classroom strategy that I have enjoyed using. While it can be difficult to effectively create a cooperative learning environment in which students are gaining the greatest amount of learning, this theory of social learning can give many benefits to students in a classroom. Dr. Orey (Laureate Education, 2010) explains how in social learning, when students are learning through active conversation with other students, it helps them to understand information. Dr. Orey also discusses if constructionism is used in the classroom, under the social learning theory, students can work collaboratively and have the opportunity to build or make something together.
This week I was able to consider the strategy Cooperative Learning from Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works and determine its close relationship with connectivism and social learning theories. This strategy is directly linking to the social learning theory because it is based on students interacting with other students in a way that will allow them to understand new knowledge and have high levels of learning. The chapter discusses how interactions should be set to include components such a accountability, communication skills, group processing, etc. These components support the social learning theory because they ultimately strive to help students learn positive interaction while actively engaged in learning with others. The chapter discusses useful technology that can be helpful to cooperative learning groups, and technology that can be used by the cooperative learning groups. This chapter discusses web-enabled cooperative learning and how useful and realistically effective this can be for a group of students working together to research something or achieve a task.
Cooperative learning can be a very effective social learning strategy when used correctly. Students can learn from one another and learn by teaching one another. Although I use this strategy often in my classroom, I feel that I can improve cooperative learning in my classroom by implementing some technology tools where appropriate and using the strategy suggestions.
Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2010). Bridging learning theory, instruction, and technology [Webcast]. Social Learning Theories. Baltimore: Executive Producer.
Pitler, H., Hubbell, E. R., Kuhn, M., Malenoski, K. (2007). Using Technology With Classroom Instruction That Works. Denver, CO: ASCD