Mary Peat, School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney
This article is an academic's perspective of integrating collaborative learning on the web as a means of coping with increasing student numbers. It outlines strategies for survival and a means to motivate and engage students in the learning process. The article looks at ways in which small learning communities can be created within large practical classes in a biology curriculum. Approaches described include a virtual resources room, online teaching and learning materials, communication and discussion tools.