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Capella Online Professional Development Course

Collaborative Learning Environments
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Collaborative Learning Environments

Interested in project-based learning? Are your students collaborating more? Build techniques for creating secure digital learning environments for student group work and collaboration. Explore how to leverage technology to expand collaborative learning opportunities for both traditional and online classrooms. Full Description


How Capella PD can work for you.

Your Time

Competency-based coursework makes it easy to learn on your time and at your pace, at home or on the go. It’s professional learning on your terms.

Your Class

Application questions within the course send teachers into their classrooms to practice and reflect upon what they have learned applying your learning with your students.

Your Career

Choose to earn professional contact hours or graduate credit and power your career as you see fit from personal growth through to a graduate degree.


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Focus on the implementation of virtual and in-person collaborative learning opportunities. Explore structures and systems that can be implemented to leverage technology in collaborative learning while building the skills necessary to your students are safe.  

During this course you will build

  • An evaluation tool to assess activities and identify areas for collaboration
  • A problem-based activity (or adapt one) to maximize collaboration
  • A reflection on collaborative PBL activity post-implementation


5 Student Reviews
by Deirdre B. on December 23, 2017
This course was very good. It gave me helpful tools I can use in my classroom. Thank you!!!
by Brianna W. on November 16, 2016
The set up was not what I was expecting. It gives you a scenario with a question. If you cannot answer the question, there is a tutorial that discusses the topic of the question. I wish it had a video the quiz so I could take notes on all of the different learning techniques and then answer the questions. It was obnoxious to see the scenario and question, then watch the video to find the answer. It makes it easy for people to just scroll through the video to find the answers they need to answer the question correctly. I would recommend this because the information is very useful.
Sophia replied on November 16, 2016

Hi Brianna --- Thanks for your feedback. Our format supports our competency-based approach to instruction and learning. We present the scenario and then the question. If you know the answer to the question, we don't make you go through the lesson first. However, if you don't know the answer, then you can consume the related tutorials to learn the concept, and then go back to the question. We hope you enjoyed this free professional development opportunity! Thank you.

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Melissa D. on May 14, 2016
I liked that the course wasn't isn't about how to use my iPad. It is about understanding why and when digital tools can help me to engage and support my students better.
by Beth M. on May 21, 2016
It is directly applicable to me and my classroom. I am building artifacts that I will continue to use with my students well after I finish the course.
by Carrie F. on May 3, 2016
I really like that the course makes me accountable for my own learning. I enjoy collaborating with my colleagues but it is nice that I don't need to wait for someone else to move on with my learning.