When students collaborate, they have the chance to learn from one another, grow from hearing each others’ perspectives, and dive into deeper learning.

For these reasons (and more), collaborative learning practices have beneficial applications in the writing classroom. Through collaborative learning activities, students can receive feedback on their papers and hone their ability to give valuable feedback. And, in the long run, they can also develop the ability to reflect upon, evaluate, and improve their own writing.

In today’s featured video, Dr. Robert Yagelski, author of Cengage Learning’s Writing: Ten Core Concepts and other texts, describes what collaborative learning means to him. You’ll also hear how he uses it in his writing assignments, and learn some of his strategies for forming collaborative groups that support the learning goals he’s established for the course.

What does collaborative learning mean to you? How do you develop it in your classroom? Share your ideas in the comments.