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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.

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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?

You’ll explore ways of applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles to collaborative learning tasks to support neurodiverse 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.

What are the 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

Here’s what we’ll cover!

  • 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

Who should attend?

This seminar will benefit:

  • Faculty
  • Instructional Designers
  • Faculty Developers

Why you don’t want to miss this!

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.

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!

What’s included?

Your seminar registration includes the following:

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

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

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Campus Access License

With the purchase of the optional Campus Access License, registrants are granted a license to download the program contents to a password-protected network, server, or website for additional staff use. You will receive information on downloading the contents of the program within 3-5 business days after payment has been received by Magna.

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*On-demand access begins on date of purchase.

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, you may cancel the order within 30 days of purchase and receive a full refund.

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