A New Taxonomy for Evaluation Studies of Online Collaborative Learning

A New Taxonomy for Evaluation Studies of Online Collaborative Learning

Lesley Treleaven (University of Sydney, Australia)
Copyright: © 2004 |Pages: 21
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-174-2.ch007
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Abstract

In this chapter, the literature of online collaborative learning (OCL) is extensively reviewed for contributions to evaluation. This review presents a new taxonomy for evaluation studies of OCL, identifying studies of students’ experiences, studies of instructional methods and sociocultural studies. Studies that focus on evaluating students’ experiences engage approaches from phenomenology and ethnography to explore students’ perceptions of collaborative learning. Instructional method studies attend to evaluation of the tools, techniques and outcomes. Sociocultural studies emphasize the socially constructed nature of the teaching and learning processes and are concerned, therefore, with evaluation in its social context. The sociocultural studies fall broadly into three clusters: pedagogical studies, linguistic studies and cross-cultural studies. The analysis highlights the need for theory-driven empirical evaluation of OCL. Accordingly, three theoretical frameworks for OCL evaluation are discussed. Emphasis is placed on a Communicative Model of Collaborative Learning, developed from Habermas’ Theory of Communicative Action, for its contribution to evaluating what takes place within the social context of students’ communicative practices that is productive of collaborative learning in an online environment.

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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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