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Strategic Collaborations for the Classroom

  • Template 2020
  • Section TEMP
  • 1 Credits
  • 10/28/2020 to 07/29/2100
  • Modified 11/30/2020

Mission Statement

As a Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts, we are a welcoming community of learners challenged by Franciscan values and charism, engaged in a continuous pursuit of knowledge, faith, wisdom, and justice, and ever mindful of a tradition that emphasizes reverence for creation, compassion and peacemaking. We strive for academic excellence in all programs, preparing women and men to contribute to the world through service and leadership. 


Prepares candidates to plan and implement a variety of strategic collaborative group activities to enhance student achievement. Candidates will explore research-based practices to assist students to develop interpersonal skills needed to work effectively with others.


College of Education Mission

The mission of the College of Education is to prepare competent and caring educators who understand students, serve the community and develop professionally to become ethical decision-makers and leaders.


Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of collaborative group strategies. They will construct group projects in order to improve learning for P-12 students.


Candidates will explore research-based strategic collaborative methods, share pedagogical experiences with colleagues and constituencies, to assist students in developing interpersonal communication skills essential for effective teamwork.


Candidates will discuss the importance of utilizing intentional preplanning and selecting collaborative structures to enhance student group scenarios.


Access to standards referenced in this section can be found HERE (student account required for access)

By the conclusion of the course, each participant will be able to do the following:

  1. Analyze research based strategic grouping strategies and structures to enhance student achievement. (InTASC 1a, 2j, 3b, 3i, 3o, 3p, 7b, 8a)
  2. Identify evidence of strategic, intentional preplanning to maximize learning. (InTASC 1a, 7b, d, 8a, 8l)
  3. Identify student roles in group work to develop individual strengths, self-concept, and teamwork skills. (InTASC 2j, 7j, 8a, 8p)
  4. Explain the value of flexible, cooperative grouping methods. (InTASC 1a, 7l, 7q, 8a-b)
  5. Apply research-based methods to optimize interaction in face-to-face and virtual discussions. (InTASC 2d, 2j, 3c, 3e, 4j, 8f, 8i, 8l, 8m, 8q, 9i)
  6. Identify strategies for assessing group projects and activities. (InTASC 1a, 3a, 3c, 3e, 4e, 4k, 6b, 6k, 6v)
  7. Apply group strategies within an online platform. (InTASC 4e, 4k, 9d)
  8. Plan a collaborative group project or activity. (InTASC Standards from Objectives 1-6)


Discussions and Reflections

Candidates will respond to content-related discussion and reflection prompts.

  • Course outcomes 1 - 7
  • Standards InTASC 1a, 2d, 2j, 3a-c, 3e, 3i, 3o, 3p, 4e, 4j-k, 6b, 6k, 6v, 7b, 7j, 7l, 7q, 8a-b, 8f, 8i, 8l-m, 8p-q, 9d, 9i

Collaborative Group Lesson Plan

Candidates will revise an existing lesson by incorporating a collaborative group activity or structure.

  • Course outcomes 2
  • Standards InTASC 1a, 7b, d, 8a, 8l

Presentation on Roles, Flexible Grouping & Interactive Discussions

Candidates will create an interactive presentation utilizing videos, readings, graphics, and special effects.

  • Course outcomes 3-5
  • Standards InTASC 1a, 2d, j, 3c, e, 4j, 7j, l, q, 8a, b,f,  i, l, m, p, q, 9i

Final Project:  Collaborative Group Project, Activity or Lesson

Candidates will create a group project, activity or lesson utilizing collaborative grouping strategies and methods as well as flexible grouping structures.  Assignment will follow a lesson plan template and provide information pertaining to student group, self, and peer assessments.

  • Course outcomes 1 – 6
  • Standards InTASC 1a, 2d, 2j, 3a-c, 3e, 3i, 3o, 3p, 4e, 4j-k, 6b, 6k, 6v, 7b, 7j, 7l, 7q, 8a-b, 8f, 8i, 8l-m, 8p-q, 9d, 9i

Institutional Policies

Students should use the USF portal as the first resource for guidance and support on items such as student complaints, safety, security and transportation questions, contact information for various USF departments, student support services such as counseling and academic resources. Information on these resources can be found in the For Students section of the USF portal.

A complete listing of university policies and procedures can be found in the University of St. Francis Catalog and Student Handbooks. 

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity requires that all academic work be wholly the product of an identified individual or individuals. Collaboration is only acceptable when it is explicitly acknowledged. Ethical conduct is the obligation of every member of the University community, and breaches of academic integrity constitute serious offenses. Since a lack of integrity hinders the student’s academic development, it cannot be tolerated under any circumstances. Violations include but are not limited to: cheating, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty, plagiarism, and denying others access to information or material. See the University of St. Francis Catalog for further clarification and information on grievance procedures.

Services and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities (ADA)

The University strives to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA). A student who requires special accommodations or arrangements due to a disability should contact the Office of Disability Services. This contact preferably should occur no later than the first week of classes. Early contact before the semester starts is encouraged to allow sufficient time to provide accommodations. Extra time is needed for some types of accommodations such as sign language interpreters or special text formatting. Should a need arrive after the start of a semester; the student is encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services as soon as possible. Note that accommodations are not retroactive. Each case will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations.

USF is committed to ensuring the full participation of all students in its programs, regardless of the course format. If you have a documented disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in a course, complete course requirements, or benefit from the University’s programs or services, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 815-740-3631 or [email protected] . The Office of Disability Services is in the Academic Resource Center (ARC) and is located on the second floor of the LaVerne and Dorothy Brown Library in room L214. Consultations are welcome, please contact the Office of Disability Services for an appointment.

Academic Support Services

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) located in Room L214 in the Library (815-740-5060) offers various types of academic services.  Online and distance learning students can contact ARC for appropriate resources.  ARC serves students who need tutoring in many areas of study including writing and math.  Library services include a number of online services and full text databases.  Call the Library at 815-740-5041 for additional information.  If you need academic-related resources or assistance, please contact the Academic Resource Center.

Notice of Copyright

This course may contain copyrighted materials that are intended to support the learning experiences of students currently enrolled in the course. No student may retain or further disseminate any copyrighted materials, in their entirety or any portion thereof, under penalty of law.

Technology Support

  1. The Department of Academic Technology (DAT) administers the learning management system Canvas. If you are experiencing any difficulty using Canvas or need technical assistance, you have several options to receive support, including:
  1. 24x7 Live Canvas Support. If you experience technical difficulties or have a question about Canvas, you can receive support 24 hours a day 7 days a week through the Canvas help menu. From the help menu, select Chat with Canvas Support for a “live” text-based click-to-chat session,
  2. select Report a Problem to send an email support request, or speak to someone directly by using the toll-free number listed under the Canvas Support Hotline.

NOTE: Responses to Canvas’ email-based Report a Problem request system will go to your USF email account, NOT your personal email.

2. Online Self-Service Help Resources. A student user guide and other resources for solving issues related to Canvas can be found at LearnItNow

3. Telephone Support from DAT. You can also phone the Department of Academic Technology for personal help at (815) 740-5080 or (866) 337-1497 (toll-free) between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Central Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

For any technical support issues that are not related to Canvas, please contact the USF Technology Support Center (TSC). You can reach them via: