Collaborative Learning means that the students help each other to learn while the teacher participates as a facilitator or guide. The role of the teacher is as important as always.
Laura M. Ventimiglia, psychology professor at the North Shore Community College and at Salem State College, uses the technique of taking notes during the group discussion sessions, which ensures that the students learn from her as much as from others. The students are asked to take notes while the others present the information, but leaving enough space in blank to take additional notes. The teacher also take notes and writes them on the board. The blank spaces left by the students on their initial notes, are then filled with this information.