A method of learning that is often self-organised and occurs outside of the formal learning environment.
Collaborative learning takes place offline in small groups or online via social networks utilising social media and other collaboration tools. The needs of the group are determined by the needs of the individuals that constitute it and not by an externally imposed goal. The crowdsourcing of ideas is one example of collaborative learning in which individuals request input into a project or thought piece through their personal learning networks. Collaborative learning is a social process in which knowledge and meaning is co-constructed and can lead to creativity and open innovation.