Awareness Design in Online Collaborative Learning: A Pedagogical Perspective
Curtis J. Bonk (Indiana University, USA), Seung-hee Lee (Indiana University, USA), Xiaojing Lin (Indiana University, USA) and Bude Su (Indiana University, USA)
Copyright: © 2007
Collaboration in online learning environments is intended to foster harmonious interactions and mutual engagement among group members. To make group performance effective, it is essential to understand the dynamic mechanisms of online groupwork and the role of awareness supporting dynamic online collaboration. This chapter reviews the nature of online collaboration from the standpoint of task, social, and technological dimensions and reconceptualizes the importance of awareness support into these three dimensions of online collaboration. Further, this chapter suggests key knowledge elements in each type of awareness. Detailed pedagogical examples and technological features for awareness support for online collaboration are proposed.