Founded in 1972, Magna Publications serves the higher education community supporting professional development.

Collaborative Learning Approaches that Support Neurodiverse Students


Explore practical strategies to plan group tasks so that our neurodiverse learners can successfully contribute to collaborative learning activities.


Additional information

Purchase Options


Magna Commons Ad

Many of today’s students will come to campus with numerous forms of mental, emotional, and social challenges.

In any given class, you may have students with PTSD, mental disorders, learning disabilities, or previous emotional trauma. Students with these characteristics, also referred to as neurodiverse students, are often quiet and introverted in collaborative settings, thus impacting their classroom performance.

What strategies can you leverage to establish a classroom environment where ALL students feel comfortable contributing to collaborative learning activities?

Register today for the Magna Online Seminar, Collaborative Learning Approaches that Support Neurodiverse Students, presented by Flower Darby. You’ll explore ways of applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles to collaborative learning tasks to support students who find difficulty thriving in group learning situations.

This seminar goes beyond the simple how-to of implementing group work and delves into the different challenges you face when implementing collaborative learning experiences and how you can create success for all kinds of students with all kinds of conditions and backgrounds.


By participating in this seminar, you’ll be able to increase effectiveness of group activities and decrease the headaches and problems experienced when you’re not able to adequately anticipate and plan for students mental, emotional, and social challenges.

Learning Goals

Upon completion of this seminar, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify infrequently acknowledged challenges that lead to perceived freeloader behavior in group work
  • Develop support mechanisms that empower socially challenged students to succeed in collaborative learning tasks
  • Apply UDL principles to design collaborative learning tasks that promote optimal success for all students

Topics Covered

  • Conditions and challenges, and possible causes, that make it hard for students to contribute to tasks that require social interaction
  • Design solutions that address emotional and mental challenges
  • Scaffolding group communication and group process
  • Allowing time for team stages to occur
  • Building in self-reflection opportunities


This seminar will benefit faculty, instructional designers, and faculty developers.


Students ability to learn in groups affects their rates of success as learners and as professionals in the workplace. Through the suggestions and strategies offered in this seminar, you’ll be able to enhance comprehension of course content and allow students, no matter their challenges or differences, to think creatively and critically, to become more flexible and independent in their learning, and to learn with one another in authentic learning experiences that are socially, intellectually, and emotionally engaging. Register today!

Your seminar registration includes the following:

  • Downloadable PowerPoint presentations from the speaker
  • On-demand access for 1-year
  • Written transcript
  • Supplemental materials
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee

For the seminar, you can have as many people participate in the program as you like using the single connection by using a large screen, projector, and speakers.

There is no limit to how many times the seminar is accessed while available.

Campus Access License

With the purchase of the optional Campus Access License (or Group License when ordering online), registrants may take the contents of the program CD & place the information on to a password-protected network, server, or web site for additional staff use. The Group License option is not for multiple or unlimited staff from an institution to connect & participate in the live online seminar presentation.

Product Code: PC18KA

Close Menu