Volume 4 Number 2, Pages 6-11
A Course Planning Method to Incorporate Collaborative Learning in Information Systems Courses
James A. Spruell
Central Missouri State University
Warrensburg, MO 64093, USA
Louis A. Le Blanc
University of Arkansas - Little Rock
Little Rock, AR 72204, USA
Numerous researchers have investigated the relative merits of passive
versus active learning. The research methodology, situation and approaches have
varied. But the general consensus is that students comprehend and retain more
material when actively involved in learning. The lecture process unfortunately places
the students in a passive role and may limit their intellectual growth.
Collaborative learning concepts provide a powerful strategy for enhancing MIS
instruction by making learning active. The small group is a versatile organization
that can be used to assist the student grasp material and then transform it into
This paper presents a planning process to enable MIS faculty to incorporate
collaborative learning activities in their courses. A limited portfolio of collaborative
learning activities are described along with possible evaluation techniques.
Collaborative learning, Course planning, Student evaluation
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Spruell, J. A. & Le Blanc, L. A. (1992). A Course Planning Method to Incorporate Collaborative Learning in Information Systems Courses. Journal of Information Systems Education, 4(2), 6-11.