Jigsaw is a cooperative learning method that allows participants to share the responsibility for each other’s learning. It encourages participants to develop their understanding of a specific aspect of a given topic and extend this understanding with others in small groups in rounds of reflection and discussion and with more pieces of information. These rounds support participants in acquiring a holistic view of the various aspects that impact the discussed issue. Participants start with a specific puzzle piece and jointly complete the puzzle.

Use this method to:

  • Facilitate peer-to-peer learning and encourage participation.
  • Perform critical analysis and comparative thinking.
  • Examine complex systems in manageable pieces.
  • Learn new theory and relate contexts.


  • Duration: 30 min - 1 hour
  • Difficulty Level: Complex
  • Group Size: < 50
  • Level of interaction: High
  • Multilanguage fit: no
  • Preparation Time: Long
  • Purpose: Knowledge construction,Online socialization
  • Type of Online Events: Workshop,Hackaton,Webinar

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