You might have heard the phrase, “Study well, focus on your academics. Don’t discuss with your friends.”
Our education system focuses too much on grades and academics, which leads to too much competition. In the movie “3 idiots”, the dialogue goes “, life is a race” we are taught to race and come first from the time we step foot on earth.
Collaboration is not equal to helping, sharing, caring, or even co-operating. There is a fine line between competing and collaborating. When two people compete, they put each others’ skills to the test. When you collaborate, you combine each others’ skills into something and make it bigger.
Therefore, we can define collaboration as the practice of breaking into small groups to answer questions, work on projects, and learn from one another.
Take social media, for instance, be it YouTubers or other social media influencers. All of them collab/collaborate to make products(merch), music, shoot videos etc.
Similarly, you should build the essence and spirit to collaborate, i.e., study together, play together.
Group studying will help you understand better. A few of your friends may understand a subject better than you and vice versa. This exchange of skills and cooperating and co-ordinating enables you to socialise and also do well in school.
The same thing applies to playing together as well.
All these “collaboration” skills help you socialise, grow your contacts and grow on the professional front as well.
When do we need to collaborate?
There are some prerequisites to collaborate. Some of them are listed here if you can think of more comments below in the comment section:
Now that you have your pre-requisites set, let’s get on with the steps to collaborate or how to collaborate:
Working together means:
Sharing Ideas, Skills & Resources, supporting each other in their Objectives, Needs and Challenges, celebrating each other’s Likes, Opinions and Personalities.
Essentials for collaborating:
|Active Listening: There must be active listening from each member of the group||Credibility: You must be trustworthy and convincing, so people feel comfortable around you|
|Effective Communication: Two-way conversation is the most effective one. So there is an input and then feedback so you know people have understood you, and you have been “heard.”||Ability and openness to accommodate: You must be accommodative for other people’s needs, so they feel comfortable.|
|Rapport Building: exchange ideas and discuss general topics, so you understand where they stand and take the following steps accordingly.||Team Player: Be a team player. Teamwork makes the dream work.|
|Team-building skills: You must have the ability to socialise and make others comfortable to build a strong team together||Dependability: The key to being a solid team is not shying away from being dependent on each other. Having complementary skills will make you better at being dependable.|
|Team working skills: Having a good rapo going on makes your teamwork faster and better||Result-oriented: Be goal-focused and not get carried away.|
|Sharing: Share ideas, resources, content, everything that you can to make your teamwork better and succeed.||Empathy: Make sure you understand each other’s points of view and not dismiss each other.|
|Negotiation / Conflict Management Skills: When there is a conflict of interest, try and negotiate so nobody feels like they have to “compromise”.||Trust / Honesty: Be honest but not firm. Being honest will make you trustworthy as they know they can all rely on you.|
As a student, you can collaborate in your studies. Yes collaboration and not competition. Read below and apply them in your student life.
Benefits of Collective Learning
Celebration of Diversity: You should be culturally and socially very diverse. Thus, collaborative learning projects could open up the world to learners as you begin to gain a new perspective on life from your peers. You should also get to reflect upon your lives and values against those of your classmates and learn to acknowledge differences without being critical.
Interpersonal Development: In a group enterprise, you must learn to work with all types of people and relate to your peers so that the project at hand benefits from your structured interaction.
Confidence, Communication: Collaborative learning projects at an early age can help you boost your confidence and self-esteem, besides improving your sense of ownership at work. Presenting their ideas, defending them, and collaborating with others to expand their horizons also requires good communication skills, which also get a boost in these activities.
Build trust: To achieve a goal, you all need to work together. You can all work together without trusting each other, but you need to learn to trust each other for effective collaboration and reaching a common goal.
Engage in learning: In a small group setting, each of you has the opportunity to express their ideas. Being able to do so and being heard can give the feeling of importance and value. The learning experience becomes more fun, and you get eager to learn more.
In our holistic education sessions, we work with our students discussing each of the transactions and understanding their point of view and explaining what collaboration is and why it is crucial. You can do the same too. If you want to watch the entire session recording, you can download our app and watch the recording from our holistic education batch. The link to the app is here
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Now that you have read the blog, let us know in the comments below what you think are the differences and similarities between collaboration, collusion, cooperation and coordination.
Importance of collaborative learning in the classroom|Beas Dev Ralhan