Moderating Learner-Centered E-Learning: Problems and Solutions, Benefits and Implications

Moderating Learner-Centered E-Learning: Problems and Solutions, Benefits and Implications

Curtis J. Bonk (Indiana University, USA), Robert A. Wisher (US Department of Defense, USA) and Ji-Yeon Lee (University of South Carolina, USA)
Copyright: © 2004 |Pages: 32
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-174-2.ch003
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Abstract

In response to the changes taking place in collaborative online learning environments, this chapter discusses how the simultaneous emergence of collaborative technologies and the learner-centered movement impacts the role of the online instructor. As part of this review, research related to online moderation and facilitation of learning is summarized.  It is suggested that online instructors need to facilitate student generation and sharing of information, while assuming the role of learning coach or mentor to provide needed leadership and guidance.  Finally, ten key benefits and implications of e-learning, as well as ten potential problems and solutions, are summarized to assist e-learning decision makers and instructors.  Among the benefits include the permanence of the online text, the availability of online mentors, and the fostering of student idea generation.  Some consistent online learning problems include learner confusion, lack of justification of student reasoning, and difficulties in grading online content.  Instructors are provided with guidelines on how to take advantage of the benefits while limiting or overcoming the problems.

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Acknowledgment
Tim S. Roberts
Chapter 1
Sue Bennett
This chapter considers computer-supported collaborative learning within the context of a technology-supported project-based subject offered to... Sample PDF
Supporting Collaborative Project Teams Using Computer-Based Technologies
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Chapter 2
Hanni Muukkonen, Kai Hakkarainen, Minna Lakkala
With the introduction of new learning technology into universities, schools and classrooms, there is the potential to change educational practices... Sample PDF
Computer-Mediated Progressive Inquiry in Higher Education
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Chapter 3
Curtis J. Bonk, Robert A. Wisher, Ji-Yeon Lee
In response to the changes taking place in collaborative online learning environments, this chapter discusses how the simultaneous emergence of... Sample PDF
Moderating Learner-Centered E-Learning: Problems and Solutions, Benefits and Implications
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Chapter 4
Joerg Zumbach, Annette Hillers, Peter Reimann
In this chapter we discuss possibilities and shortcomings of Internet usage for distributed problem-based learning. Several problems with the use of... Sample PDF
Supporting Distributed Problem-Based Learning: The Use of Feedback Mechanisms in Outline Learning
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Chapter 5
Rod Nason, Earl Woodruff
This chapter discusses why computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL) environments have been unsuccessful in facilitating knowledge building... Sample PDF
Online Collaborative Learning in Mathematics: Some Necessary Innovations
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Chapter 6
John M. Dirkx, Regina O. Smith
Online learning programs have been expanding at exponential rates. To help encourage the development of learning communities within these... Sample PDF
Thinking Out of a Bowl of Spaghetti: Learning to Learn in Online Collaborative Groups
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Chapter 7
Lesley Treleaven
In this chapter, the literature of online collaborative learning (OCL) is extensively reviewed for contributions to evaluation. This review presents... Sample PDF
A New Taxonomy for Evaluation Studies of Online Collaborative Learning
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Chapter 8
Charles R. Graham, Melanie Misanchuk
With the increased availability of computers and Internet technologies, computer-mediated learning environments are on the rise in both higher... Sample PDF
Computer-Mediated Learning Groups: Benefits and Challenges to Using Groupwork in Online Learning Environments
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Chapter 9
Joanne M. McInnerney, Tim S. Roberts
With many educational institutions now making use of the Internet for the delivery of courses, many educators are showing interest in non-standard... Sample PDF
Collaborative or Cooperative Learning?
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Chapter 10
Albert L. Ingram, Lesley G. Hathorn
With many educational institutions now making use of the Internet for the delivery of courses, many educators are showing interest in non-standard... Sample PDF
Methods for Analyzing Collaboration in Online Communications
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Chapter 11
Elsebeth Korsgaard Sorensen
An alternative theoretical framework for analyzing and designing computer-supported collaborative learning environments is introduced. Bateson’s... Sample PDF
Reflection and Intellectual Amplification in Online Communities of Collaborative Learning
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Chapter 12
Agnes Kukulska-Hulme
This chapter explores the value and strategies of online group leadership through a review of published research literature. We examine the... Sample PDF
Do Online Collaborative Groups Need Leaders?
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Chapter 13
John B. Nash, Christoph Richter, Heidrun Allert
This chapter addresses theoretical frameworks for the evaluation of computer-supported learning environments. It outlines the characteristics and... Sample PDF
Drawing on Design to Improve Evaluation of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning: Two Complementary Views
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