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BBF holds its April monthly meeting

posted 7 Sept 2015, 02:19 by Sheeba Pius   [ updated 7 Sept 2015, 02:26 ]

The British business forum in Kuwait held its monthly meeting at the Ibis Hotel, on Wednesday 22 April, 2015 evening.

The guest speaker of the evening was Baruch Spiegel B.A. B.C.a. B.A who gave a detailed explanation on ‘Collaborative Learning’ in terms of ‘Bridging the Gap between Education and Industry’.

Spiegel explained in Collaborative Learning two or more people learn or attempt to learn something together, unlike individual learning.

He went on to say, people who involve in Collaborative Learning benefit from one another’s resources and skills such as asking one another for information and assess one another’s ideas.  This is in addition to monitoring one another’s work, etc.

More specifically Collaborative Learning, he said, is based on the model where knowledge is born within a population where members interact actively by sharing experiences; put differently, collaborative learning referes to methodologies and environments in which learners engage in a common task where each individual depends on and is accountable to each other.

These include both face to face talks, discussions during online forums, chat rooms, conversation analysis and statistical discourse analysis.

Baruch said his ultimate goal is to help create an educational landscape which supports all abilities and does not discriminate against those that are different.

“Together, both within education and outside of it, we can develop a more inclusive approach which focuses on core values within our community first and simple acquisition of knowledge second.” he said.

The topic of discussion covered “Collaborative Learning’ – an educational process through which the teacher acts a facilitator to learning rather than a deliverer of information.

Collaborative Learning, Spiegel said has many practical implementations such as through working together “we can produce large amounts of information in shorter periods of time, learn how to work, and communicate as a team and most importantly generate energy and fun in the learning environment.”

This type of approach, he added, is not only restricted to the classroom but can be developed for the home and work environment also.

In order to prepare children for both the present and the future ”we need to equip them with the skills to function both in and out of the classroom.”he said.  “Collaborative Learning provides one avenue to do that and if Industry and Education come together under the same premise of collaboration the first bricks of bridging the two can be laid.”

Baruch Spiegel who has spent over 13 years developing individualized programs for children with autism, academic deficits and problem behaviors said he has had the privilege of working with many gifted and talented educators which has helped develop many different training programs for educational institutions covering key areas such as collaborate learning, creating motivating environments and developing functional and long lasting skills.