Analytic Teams

This is a collaborative learning strategy that can be used to practice critical thinking skills. In following this strategy, team members are assigned to play specific roles to perform when they critically reading assignments, listing to lectures, or watching videos.  This strategy focuses on the analytic process rather than group process. In this analytic process, students can act as a summarizer, a connector, or a proponent based on the previous knowledge of the assignment or outside world. This learning strategy assists students to engage in active learning activities that critical analysis become a key component of the assignment. Analytic teams approach is more effective when it is applied with roles that assign within the boundary of specific discipline. As previously mentioned, this strategy assigns different roles for team members. As a result, each members of the team receive equal opportunities for the participation. This leads to create active learning environment for both less active and active contributors. In using this strategy, an instructor should select an assignment that needs complex analytical process and divide the process into component parts or roles. As a result, analytic teams are able to create environment where students participate in active learning through listening to a lecture, watching a video, or reading an assignment. Forming structured teams and assigning distinct tasks for members may increase opportunities to participation as well as confidence in the value of contribution. This learning approach assists students to train in complex problem solving activities.

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