Practical Strategies for Assessing the Quality of Collaborative Learner Engagement

Practical Strategies for Assessing the Quality of Collaborative Learner Engagement

John LeBaron (Western Carolina University, USA) and Carol Bennett (WRESA Elementary & Middle Grades Curriculum Coordinator, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-753-9.ch014
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Teachers and designers of computer-networked settings increasingly acknowledge that active learner engagement poses unique challenges, especially for instructors weaned on traditional site-based teaching, and that such engagement is essential to the progressive construction of learner knowledge. “Learner engagement” can mean several things: engagement with material, engagement with instructors, and, perhaps most important, peer engagement. Many teachers of computer-networked courses, who are quite diligent about incorporating activities and procedures to promote human interactivity, are confronted with the challenge of assessing the efficacy of their efforts. How do they discern whether the strategies and tactics woven into their “e-settings” are achieving the desired ends? This chapter outlines issues of self-assessment, including ethical questions. It lays out recommendations for self-assessment in a manner that respects student trust and confidentiality, distinguishing the demands of practical self-assessment from scholarly course research. The institutional pressures from which such assessment emerges are also examined.

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Chapter 1
Traci Sitzmann, Katherine Ely, Robert Wisher
This chapter presents results from a meta-analysis that compares the effectiveness of Web-based instruction (WBI) to classroom instruction (CI). The... Sample PDF
Designing Web-Based Training Courses to Maximize Learning
Chapter 2
Orlando J. Olivares
A central theme of this chapter is the following: to better understand the role of the teacher within a computer-supported collaborative learning... Sample PDF
Collaborative vs. Cooperative Learning: The Instructor's Role in Computer Supported Collaborative Learning
Chapter 3
Stephanie Cawthon, Alycia Harris
The goal of this chapter is to present instructor and student perspectives on the development of a Community of Practice within an online research... Sample PDF
Developing a Community of Practice in an Online Research Lab
Chapter 4
Stephanie L. Brooke
With increasing interest in online education, instructors must have a repertoire of tools available to promote the critical thinking skills of their... Sample PDF
The Case Method and Collaborative Learning
Chapter 5
Evelyn S. Johnson, Jane Pitcock
This chapter discusses methods for supporting the instructor in the development of strong learner-learner interactions. In this chapter, we present... Sample PDF
Preparing Online Instructors: Beyond Using the Technology
Chapter 6
Erman Yukselturk, Kursat Cagiltay
The focus of this study is on issues that impact the success of collaborative working online learning groups. The issues of how such groups work... Sample PDF
Collaborative Work in Online Learning Environments: Critical Issues, Dynamics, and Challenges
Chapter 7
Donna Ashcraft, Thomas Treadwell
Many social psychological phenomena that are found in face-to-face group work are also found in online group work (i.e., collaborative learning). In... Sample PDF
The Social Psychology of Online Collaborative Learning: The Good, the Bad, and the Awkward
Chapter 8
Ellen L. Nuffer
In higher education today, faculty members are faced with ever-increasing expectations for their teaching, scholarship, and service. Faculty in the... Sample PDF
Collaborative Learning Among Faculty: Using Course Management Systems to Support Faculty Development
Chapter 9
Eileen B. Entin, Jason Sidman, Lisa Neal
This chapter discusses considerations and tradeoffs in designing and developing an online teamwork skills training program for geographically... Sample PDF
Development of Online Distributed Training: Practical Considerations and Lesson Learned
Chapter 10
Anna Michailidou, Anastasios Economides
Computer supported collaborative learning environments (CSCLEs) is one of the innovative technologies that support online education. Successful... Sample PDF
Gender and Diversity in Collaborative Virtual Teams
Chapter 11
Janice Whatley, Elena Zaitseva, Danuta Zakrzewska
This chapter introduces peer reviewing as a form of collaborative online learning, which can be used in higher education. Peer reviewing encourages... Sample PDF
Student Motivation in International Collaboration: To Participate or Not to Participate?
Chapter 12
Derrick L. Cogburn, Nanette S. Levinson
Reporting on a nine-year case study of collaborative learning in cross-national and cross-university virtual teams, this chapter calls for what it... Sample PDF
Help Me, Help You: A Triple Track Approach to Maximizing Collaborative Learning in Complex, Cross-National Virtual Teams
Chapter 13
Marissa L. Shuffler, Gerald F. Goodwin
In order to adapt to changing learning environments, instructors must be aware of the challenges that virtuality brings to establishing a shared... Sample PDF
Developing Shared Mental Models in Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning
Chapter 14
John LeBaron, Carol Bennett
Teachers and designers of computer-networked settings increasingly acknowledge that active learner engagement poses unique challenges, especially... Sample PDF
Practical Strategies for Assessing the Quality of Collaborative Learner Engagement
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