Write a 100- to 150-word response to each of the following questions:
• What are the advantages of having diversity in a collaborative learning environment?
One definite advantage I can think of off the top of my head is the simple fact there is so many different trains of thought among diverse collaborations that what one person won’t be able to think of the next person might be thinking of. Adversity brings about added perspectives to an issue and also a better understanding of other points of view. Opportunities are also wide and there is interpersonal development and growth due to competence. Interpersonal development is yet another advantage; Students learn to relate to their peers and other learners as they work together in groups. This is definitely helpful for students who have difficulty with social skills. They can benefit from structured interactions with others. Variety in the way problems are framed and interpreted helps a group get unstuck when a single approach can’t produce a workable solution. Equity within a group is a definite advantage when working together on one thing as well.
• How might factors such as diversity, attitude, learning, and work styles affect collaboration?
Diversity enables students to learn how to work with different types of persons and understand other points of view. Diversity among team members also helps because or experience of the different individuals because every individual has experienced different situations in their lives. A positive or negative attitude will affect one's performance as well. Positive attitudes go a long way to help the synergy in a group learning environment, it helps overall morale within the group cause no one likes a “Debbie downer”, as well as positive attitudes can rub off onto the rest of the team members. Learning will improve competition and increase productivity and finish towards the goal...