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What is Informal Groups

Handbook of Research on Student-Centered Strategies in Online Adult Learning Environments
Are short-term groups (from a few minutes to a class period) that are put together in an ad hoc manner to accomplish a smaller task or to process a concept or skill.
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Cooperative Learning and Student Mentors in a Hybrid Teacher Preparation Program
Carmen Alina Popa (University of Oradea, Romania), Laura Nicoleta Bochis (University of Oradea, Romania), Simona Laurian-Fitzgerald (University of Oradea, Romania), and Carlton J. Fitzgerald (New England College, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5085-3.ch018
In this chapter, professors employed cooperative learning techniques that included assigned student mentors to assist students in their learning, assignments, and final project. The students enrolled in this weekend hybrid program are usually considered to be alternative university students. About 25% of the students in the program would be considered to be standard university students in age and living circumstances. The results indicated that the leadership roles of the student mentors made the process complex and rewarding. In spite of the issues associated with diverse students, the majority of whom work, with a significant percentage who are married and have families of their own, and the issues of distance and difficulty of getting to class, most students felt positively about their experiences and achieved well in the process.
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