Based on my experience, collaborative learning is usually a review of what is to be solved, then the task is divided and each one contributes its part to a whole, and the task is done. Exemplified in the scenario like we discussed as a topic. The time for discussing different aspects and ideas together is rare. Gaining an increased understanding of the meaning of what collaborative learning really means also increases the interest in how important and stimulating it is. Time, I think, is often a very limiting factor. Depending on the context in which the collaboration is to take place, I think is also of great importance. We have discussed this in our ONL-group and two perspectives / experiences emerged that were in complete contrast to each other. On one hand, some people in our ONL-group felt that if students knew each other well, it was less likely that they did not contribute to the collaborative work, due to the risk that it would be embarrassing to be seen as “lazy and unengaged”. On the other hand, experienced others in our ONL-group that if students knew each other well it was easier not to contribute because they were friends. Personally, I also believe that there is a lot in each person’s personality. If everyone in a group is high-performing, there is no one who does not contribute regardless of whether the people who collaborate know each other or not. The fact that individuals in a group are comfortable with each other and feel secure have we discussed as an important factor for collaboration. Establish time for socialization in a group is important to begin with. It is also evident during these weeks that our OML-course has taken place. Discussions in our group get started easier for each week that goes by. Everyone seems to be comfortable to share their thoughts and make suggestions on how to solve the topic.

In order to continue to develop professionally, I think it is good to have a plan for every year, what do I want to achieve? and how should I do it? And, also to sum up the previous year and evaluate what was realized and what was not achieved. Using the resources of the University, I see as obvious. Before I started at the university, I had no idea what great opportunities there were. Both for me as a person, but also for translating into teaching. I’m really looking forward to the learning process. During the first few weeks attending this ONL-course I felt that I probably took the course too early because I do not have my own experience of teaching. Instead, now I feel this is so right, my peers in the group contributes so much with their experiences.

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