As mentioned at the beginning of this module, successful collaborative learning is founded on five basic principles (i.e. positive mutual dependency, individual accountability, social skills, evaluation of the group process, direct interaction). It is important you pay attention to these five principles and create conditions that make these principles possible.
Attention for these prerequisites is especially important with online collaborative learning. With psychical collaborative learning you can adjust things in class, which is not the case for online collaborative learning. A good preparation with attention for the conditions mentioned below is essential.