Problems and Opportunities of Learning Together in a Virtual Learning Environment

Problems and Opportunities of Learning Together in a Virtual Learning Environment

Thanasis Daradoumis (Open University of Catalonia, Spain) and Fatos Xhafa (Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-408-8.ch011
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Abstract

This chapter explores new ways of collaborative learning in a virtual learning environment based on our acquisition of knowledge from previous experience. We identify both the problems faced in real collaborative learning practices and the ways these problems can be overcome and turned into opportunities for more efficient learning. These issues concern pedagogical, organizational, and technical elements and constraints that influence the successful application of collaborative learning in distance education, such as efficient group formation, the nature of collaborative learning situations that promote peer interaction and learning, the student roles and tutor means of supervising and guiding the learning process, and an effective assessment of group work. The proposed methodology not only achieves better learning outcomes but also contributes to the tutor’s professional development in a networked learning environment that facilitates social interaction among all participants while building on existing skills.

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Acknowledgments
Tim S. Roberts
Chapter 1
Tim S. Roberts
The rapidly increasing use of computers in education, and in particular the migration of many university courses to web-based delivery, has caused a... Sample PDF
Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning in Higher Education
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Chapter 2
Valerie Taylor
This chapter provides an overview of the literature on group projects in online learning and outlines lesson modules for teaching online instructors... Sample PDF
Online Group Projects: Preparing the Instructors to Prepare the Students
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Chapter 3
Sisse Siggaard Jensen, Simon B. Heilesen
This chapter identifies some of the fundamental conditions and factors that affect collaborative project work on the Net. Understanding them is... Sample PDF
Time, Place and Identity in Project Work on the Net
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Chapter 4
Alexandra Lilaváti Pereira Okada
The intention of this chapter is to investigate how collaborative learning environments (CLEs) can be used to elicit the collective building of... Sample PDF
The Collective Building of Knowledge in Collaborative Learning Environments
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Chapter 5
Trena M. Paulus
This chapter illustrates how computer-mediated discourse analysis (CMDA) can be used systematically to investigate online communication. It argues... Sample PDF
Collaboration or Cooperation? Analyzing Small Group Interactions in Educational Environments
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Chapter 6
Herman Buelens, Jan Van Mierlo, Jan Van den Bulck, Jan Elen, Eddy Van Avermaet
This chapter demonstrates the influence of the socio-emotional quality of small-group functioning in a collaborative learning setting. It reports a... Sample PDF
Mapping Perceived Socio-Emotive Quality of Small-Group Functioning
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Chapter 7
Elizabeth Stacey
The purpose of this chapter is to review and discuss theoretical perspectives that help to frame collaborative learning online. The chapter... Sample PDF
A Constructivist Framework for Online Collaborative Learning: Adult Learning and Collaborative Learning Theory
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Chapter 8
Celia Romm Livermore
This chapter starts from the premise that, to be effective, computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) has to be intrinsically motivating.... Sample PDF
The Real Challenge of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning: How Do We Motivate ALL Stakeholders?
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Chapter 9
W.R. Klemm
Online learners are typically considered to be isolated learners, except for occasional opportunities to post views on an electronic bulletin board.... Sample PDF
Use and Mis-Use of Technology for Online, Asynchronous, Collaborative Learning
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Chapter 10
Lorraine Sherry, Bruce Havelock, David Gibson
This chapter describes the Personal and Professional Learning Portfolio (PLP), a software application designed to provide a flexible learning... Sample PDF
The Personal and Professional Learning Portfolio: An Online Environment for Mentoring, Collaboration, and Publication
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Chapter 11
Thanasis Daradoumis, Fatos Xhafa
This chapter explores new ways of collaborative learning in a virtual learning environment based on our acquisition of knowledge from previous... Sample PDF
Problems and Opportunities of Learning Together in a Virtual Learning Environment
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Chapter 12
A. Moshaiov
The purpose of this chapter is to review and discuss theoretical perspectives that help to frame collaborative learning online. The chapter... Sample PDF
Web-Based Learning by Tele-Collaborative Production in Engineering Education
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Chapter 13
Antonio Santos Moreno
This chapter describes an instructional online collaborative learning model that addresses the phenomenon from a systemic human relations and... Sample PDF
Relational Online Collaborative Learning Model
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Chapter 14
Aditya Johri
Online collaborative learning is a situated activity that occurs in complex settings. This study proposes a sociocultural frame for theorizing... Sample PDF
Online, Offline and In-Between: Analyzing Meditated-Action Among American and Russian Students in a Global Online Class
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