Investigating Patterns of Cognitive and Interactive Acts in an Online Student Cooperative Program

Investigating Patterns of Cognitive and Interactive Acts in an Online Student Cooperative Program

Lucio Teles (University of Brasilia, Brazil) and Nancy Johnston (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-340-1.ch011
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Abstract

Student co-op programs are being increasingly developed to enhance employability skills of college and university students. While most of these programs are taught face-to-face, some universities and colleges are now offering co-op programs online. This article investigates the implementation of a pilot online co-op program, the Bridging Online (BOL), at the Simon Fraser University, in Burnaby, B.C., Canada. A research methodology, based on transcript analysis of participants’ messages and interviews, was used to address the research questions. Participants in the pilot project found the online version to be a valuable tool to support co-op students in learning and developing employability skills, including problem defining and solving, planning and goal setting, improved interpersonal communication skills and self assessment, and peer feedback skills.

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