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Collaborative Learning Expert Andrew Milne to Visit Campus Sept. 23-24

By: Kathleen Tuck   Published 4:35 pm / September 18, 2009

As part of Dr. Milne’s visit, individual faculty or departments will receive information on how to receive a free TeamSpot Collaboration Station for use by students during the 2009-10 academic year. It consists of a big-screen display, host computer, software license and cart.

Andrew Milne, an expert in the use of technology in collaborative learning and group work, will be on campus Sept. 23-24 for open-forum discussions. He will give a presentation, titled “Enhancing Collaborative Learning with Technology: A Conversation with Andrew Milne, Ph.D.,” focused on collaborative learning, collaborative assignments, and the ways in which both can be enhanced and made more effective with technology. Faculty, department chairs and administrators are welcome to attend.

Registration is not required, but seating is limited. Those interested in attending are encouraged to register online. There is no cost to attend. Milne’s visit is sponsored by Academic Technologies.

The presentation will be given three times:

  • 10-11:30 a.m. Sept. 23 in the Simplot/Micron Building, Room 116
  • 2:40-4 p.m. Sept. 23 in the Interactive Learning Center, Room 313
  • 9:15-10:30 a.m. Sept. 24 in the Simplot/Micron Building, Room 210

Milne will demonstrate how to overcome some of the challenges and barriers encountered in typical collaborative assignments and will describe how collaborative software in particular can help turn struggling groups of students into high-performing teams that learn and work together more productively and effectively. During the sessions and afterward, you will have opportunities to share your thoughts on the integration of technology with collaborative learning at Boise State, and to learn how individual faculty or departments can receive a free TeamSpot Collaboration Station for use by students during the 2009-10 academic year.

In a recent survey of 262 full- and part-time faculty at Boise State, 85 percent reported that they use collaborative-learning activities and collaborative assignments, with nearly all noting a variety of challenges and barriers to their effective use. Nearly 75 percent expressed a desire to know more about how technology can be used to improve collaborative learning for students.

What You’ll Learn

  • What computer-supported collaborative learning is, and how it can help address barriers and challenges associated with collaborative learning and collaborative assignments.
  • How departments or individual faculty can participate in field trials assessing the suitability and value of TeamSpot Collaboration Stations in supporting student groups working collaboratively.

Milne is a research partner at Stanford University’s Center for Design Research and a board member at Penn State’s Leonhard Center for Enhancing Engineering Education. In addition, he is the CEO of Tidebreak Inc., the developer of TeamSpot and a global leader in providing interactive workspace technologies for academic institutions and corporate enterprises.

For more information, contact Kevin S. Wilson, Academic Technologies, at ext. 6-4260 or