Cooperative Learning and Student Motivation

The Best Practices Course provides 12 hours of instruction designed to deepen and expand participants’ knowledge of best practice pedagogical strategies for Interactive, Cooperative Learning and Learning Styles and Student Motivation.


  • Wednesday, 3 May, 2017 - Thursday, 4 May, 2017
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Course Code:   CPE17BPC

Course Information

Best Practices

This course will be presented in collaboration with Pearson

Program Overview
The Best Practices Course provides 12 hours of instruction designed to deepen and expand participants’ knowledge of best practice pedagogical strategies for Interactive, Cooperative Learning and Learning Styles and Student Motivation.

The course provide opportunities for active, hands-on learning and practice, including strategies, peer teaching, and feedback. Participants will have many opportunities to work with other participants and apply learning in activities that will prepare them to use these strategies and techniques in their own teaching environment.
Participant Learner Outcomes
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
Course 1 Interactive, Cooperative Learning
• practise activities that promote interaction
• use active learning strategies to deliver student-centred lessons in large classes
• use grouping strategies to group students effectively
• implement cooperative activities in large classes
• plan effective organisational strategies that help move learning forward.

Course 2 Learning Styles and Student Motivation
• describe the characteristics of different learning styles
• adapt materials to reach all students, regardless of their learning styles
• develop skills to support and motivate all students
• identify and practice techniques to keep students engaged
• develop strategies to further the learning of individual students.


  • Karen Chaur
    Teaching for understanding and developing life-long learners is Karen Chaur’s goal in education. She is an experienced educator, curriculum coordinator, workshop leader, consultant and school evaluator. Her classroom experience spans all primary year levels and also includes roles as Art and Library specialist. A passion for inquiry and international education has led her to her current role of ‘Education Consultant’ which has given her the opportunity to work with teachers, schools, writers and publishers to develop rich learning opportunities for students. She believes in provoking curiosity and independence in learners and ensures her workshops equip participants with the tools, enthusiasm and confidence to put their learning into practice.



361-365 North Rocks Road, North Rocks, New South Wales, 2151, Australia

North Rocks, Sydney, Australia Sydney is located on Australia's south-east coast. With an approximate population of 4.5 million in the Sydney metropolitan area the city is the largest municipality in Australia. Sydney is easily accessible by air, rail and road networks from other Australian cities. Located approximately 26 km north-west of the city centre, Renwick Centre is accessible via private and public transport to metropolitan areas such as Epping, Parramatta, Hornsby and the city. North Rocks is a suburban area of Sydney and is the home of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children since 1961.

Public Transport

There are several public transport options for getting to and from the Renwick Centre within the Sydney metropolitan area.


Cityrail train stations are located in Epping (6 km away) and Parramatta (7km away) and have connecting bus services (refer to Buses section below) to the Centre. Epping train station is on the Northern, Newcastle and Central Coast lines with a journey time of approximately 30 minutes to the city (Central, Town Hall and Wynyard stations) and 20 minutes to Strathfield or Hornsby stations. Parramatta train station offers frequent services to the city (about 40 minutes of travel time) and is located on the Western, Cumberland and Blue Mountains lines. Both stations are wheelchair accessible.


There is a bus stop directly outside the RIDBC campus - services to Epping and Macquarie Centre - and another across the road outside the Westfield Shopping Centre for services to Parramatta and Blacktown. For latest info on these routes, please visit the Sydney Buses website.
Route Destination Wheelchair Accessible
549 Epping Most
546 Epping via Carlingford Most
546/549 Parramatta Most
630 Macquarie Centre No
630 Blacktown No
610/619* City Few
610/619* Rouse Hill Few
* Access to these bus services is from the M2 motorway at Barclay Road bus stop, a 20 minute walk (1.4 km) from the Centre.

Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport has domestic and international terminals and is approximately 35 km south-east of the Renwick Centre. A taxi fare between Sydney airport and the centre is approximately $110.00 each way. Alternatively, Shuttlbuz Airport Services (Phone: 1300 650 336) offers transfers at approximately $90 for a return ticket or $50 one way but bookings need to be made at least 24 hours in advance. Cityrail train stations are located within the domestic and international terminals. To get to the centre, you will need to change trains at Central to an Epping or Parramatta service and then either take a taxi or bus the remaining distance to the centre. Journey time by public transport is approximately 90-120 minutes.


Companies providing a taxi service in the Sydney area include Premier Cabs (Phone: 13 10 17), Silver Service (Phone: 133 100), Taxis Combined (Phone: 8332 8888) and RSL Cabs (Phone: 132 211).


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