Techniques for Fostering Collaboration in Online Learning Communities: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives

Techniques for Fostering Collaboration in Online Learning Communities: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives

Francesca Pozzi (Institute for Educational Technology, National Research Council, Italy) and Donatella Persico (Institute for Educational Technology - Italian National Research Council, Italy)
Release Date: September, 2010|Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 424
ISBN13: 9781616928988|ISBN10: 1616928980|EISBN13: 9781616929008|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61692-898-8
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Collaboration is, to date, extensively adopted for supporting learning processes, both in face-to-face and in virtual learning contexts. However, technology profoundly changes the nature of human interactions and, consequently, also changes the nature of the collaborative learning process, yielding a range of new potentialities and problems.

Techniques for Fostering Collaboration in Online Learning Communities: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives provides a focused assessment of the peculiarities of online collaborative learning processes by looking at the strategies, methods, and techniques used to support and enhance debate and exchange among peers. Offering an extensive discussion of the design, management, monitoring, and evaluation of learning processes, this work reviews issues from both a theoretical and practical viewpoint and includes methodological contributions as well as perspectives on real experiences.

Topics Covered

  • Collaborative problem solving by content schemes
  • Computer-interpretable CSCL scripts
  • CSCL pedagogical patterns
  • Design blended activities
  • Role Play and Team Teaching
  • Socialization in web-based learning environments
  • Structuring and e-tutoring In virtual learning
  • Supporting Successful Online Learning Communities
  • Virtual 3D Worlds
  • Web 2.0 Tools

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Table of Contents
Francesca Pozzi, Donatella Persico
Francesca Pozzi, Donatella Persico
Chapter 1
Francesca Pozzi, Donatella Persico
This chapter advocates the idea that the structuring techniques generally used to support students in online collaborative activities can be... Sample PDF
Task, Teams and Time: Three Ts to Structure CSCL Processes
Chapter 2
Birgitta Kopp, Heinz Mandl
Collaborative learning is used as a key principle in several approaches for designing virtual learning environments (e.g. CTGV, 2000). This is due... Sample PDF
Supporting Virtual Collaborative Learning Using Collaboration Scripts and Content Schemes
Chapter 3
Kathrin Helling, Bernhard Ertl
This chapter focuses on the facilitation of collaborative problem solving by the method of content schemes. Content schemes are content-specific... Sample PDF
Fostering Collaborative Problem Solving by Content Schemes
Chapter 4
Aemilian Hron, Ulrike Cress, Sieglinde Neudert
The aim of this study is to examine means of fostering videoconference-based collaborative learning, by focussing on three issues: (1) to induce... Sample PDF
Using and Acquiring Shared and Unshared Knowledge in Collaborative Learning and Writing
Chapter 5
M. Beatrice Ligorio, F. Feldia Loperfido, Nadia Sansone, Paola F. Spadaro
The authors claim that the potentialities of the socio-constructivist framework can be fully exploited when a blended approach is introduced. Our... Sample PDF
Blending Educational Models to Design Blended Activities
Chapter 6
Stefania Manca, Luca Vanin
Entering a learning system based on CSCL models may be a challenging experience. Beginner users are required to accomplish several tasks for the... Sample PDF
Models and Strategies to Support Students’ Initial Socialization in Web-Based Learning Environments
Chapter 7
Lisa Lobry de Bruyn
Most units of learning are being offered flexibly, either using distance education or online facilities, and often with asynchronous... Sample PDF
Testing Strategies to Enhance Online Student Collaboration in a Problem-Based Learning Activity
Chapter 8
Donna McGhie-Richmond, Eileen Winter
This chapter provides a retrospective review of the utility and effectiveness of case study analyses to engage and support students in online... Sample PDF
Considerations for Effective Collaborative Practice: A Reflection on the use of Case Studies in On-Line Teacher Education Learning Spaces
Chapter 9
Katia González-Acquaro, Stephen Preskill
This chapter offers an in-depth narrative of how one instructor in an online environment used the four lenses of critical reflection introduced by... Sample PDF
Using the Four Lenses of Critical Reflection to Promote Collaboration and Support Creative Adaptations of Web 2.0 Tools in an Online Environment
Chapter 10
Ron Lombard, Barbara Biglan
This is a review of an action research project dealing with the impact of a role playing activity in an online course. Two instructors of an online... Sample PDF
Using Role Play and Team Teaching as Strategies to Add Depth to Online Discussion
Chapter 11
Thanasis Daradoumis, Maria Kordaki
This chapter addresses several issues and challenges that one faces when carrying out a real collaborative learning experience following a blended... Sample PDF
Employing Collaborative Learning Strategies and Tools for Engaging University Students in Collaborative Study and Writing
Chapter 12
Gráinne Conole, Patrick McAndrew, Yannis Dimitriadis
Designing effective CSCL processes is a complex task that can be supported by existing good practices formulated as pedagogical patterns. From a... Sample PDF
The Role of CSCL Pedagogical Patterns as Mediating Artefacts for Repurposing Open Educational Resources
Chapter 13
Angela Haydel DeBarger, William R. Penuel, Christopher J. Harris, Patricia Schank
This chapter presents an argument for the use of teaching routines (pedagogical patterns) to engage students in collaborative learning activities... Sample PDF
Teaching Routines to Enhance Collaboration Using Classroom Network Technology
Chapter 14
Symeon Retalis, Ourania Petropoulou, Georgia Lazakidou
Teachers often utilise a Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) strategy to teach a concept, a method, a problem, and so forth. Following... Sample PDF
Assessing the Performance of Learners Engaged in Computer-Supported Collaborative Problem-Solving Activities
Chapter 15
Eloy D. Villasclaras-Fernández, Juan I. Asensio-Pérez, Davinia Hernández-Leo, Yannis Dimitriadis, Luis de la Fuente-Valentín, Alejandra Martínez-Monés
This chapter presents a proposal for a pattern-based approach for Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) scripts that aims to integrate... Sample PDF
Implementing Computer-Interpretable CSCL Scripts with Embedded Assessment: A Pattern Based Design Approach
Chapter 16
Christian Gütl
Collaborative learning activities apply different approaches in-class or out-of-class, which range from classroom discussions to group-based... Sample PDF
The Support of Virtual 3D Worlds for Enhancing Collaboration in Learning Settings
Chapter 17
Cindy Xin, Geoffrey Glass, Andrew Feenberg, Eva Bures, Phil Abrami
Our research aims to improve online discussion forums. The authors identify typical problems in online discussion that create difficulties for... Sample PDF
From Active Reading to Active Dialogue: An Investigation of Annotation-Enhanced Online Discussion Forums
Chapter 18
Miky Ronen, Dan Kohen-Vacs
This chapter presents the potential and challenges of a new approach for the design of a platform aimed to foster and support the use of... Sample PDF
Modeling, Enacting, Sharing and Reusing Online Collaborative Pedagogy with CeLS
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