Developing Shared Mental Models in Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning

Developing Shared Mental Models in Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning

Marissa L. Shuffler (University of North Carolina, USA) and Gerald F. Goodwin (U.S. Army Research Institute, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-753-9.ch013
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Abstract

In order to adapt to changing learning environments, instructors must be aware of the challenges that virtuality brings to establishing a shared understanding among online learners. Although developing shared mental models is typically a natural part of learning, it requires significant social and task-related interaction among students, which can be difficult in computer based environments in which social presence is lacking. This chapter will briefly discuss research related to the development of shared understanding and explore what instructors can do to address challenges and facilitate the development of shared knowledge in computer supported collaborative learning environments.

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