Unlike traditional teaching, in which students work independently on their own assignment, collaborative learning offers a much more natural learning approach. In a small groups, pupils work on the given subject and together they try to reach a solution through creative discussion. Collaborative learning thus eliminates fear of failure and replaces it with collective co-operation or debate that will raise student results (Griffin et al., 2012).
Collaboration promotes higher productivity and higher performance than competitive or individual learning situations (Hattie, 2012). Collaborative learning has become increasingly widespread in recent decades, and today it is present almost everywhere in the world. It is considered to be the most visible innovation of the teaching of the end of the last century. Students who acquire basic knowledge and then work together are able to achieve much better learning outcomes and problem solving situations. In addition, collaborative learning is a very natural way of studying and pupils enjoy it more (Brandt, 1991).
A recent study by Janssen et al. (2010) shows that problem solving in a group is more effective as the group is better able to share and decompose cognitive load among its members. When a group is motivated and they all pull together, they can pool their knowledge and comprehend more of the topic better than each of them alone.
In the traditional teaching layout, the teacher explains the topic and the students are mostly trying to write down all the information - but in many cases they don’t give it much thought, and therefore they risk not fully understanding the material. Techambition emphasizes the involvement of all students in group lessons, encourages discussion among pupils and defending their own conclusions. The system automatically evaluates student conclusions and gives them feedback on their accuracy in real time. Thanks to the exactness of mathematics, students will immediately know whether they have a right or wrong answer in the discussion and can learn more for upcoming discussions.
The Techambition system offers technology that will really help teaching. Based on an algorithm that evaluates the pupils' past success rate and their practices, it can automatically design functional group settings. Pupils in such groups will have great potential for joint discussions and effective problem solving. The teacher will receive feedback on the progress of each group, including recommendations for teaching. This will help keep students motivated to ensure successful learning for everyone.
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