Quality Assurance During Distributed Collaboration: A Case Study in Creating a Cross-Institutional Learning Community
Rita M. Vick (Quantum Leap Interactive Inc., USA), Brent Auernheimer (California State University, USA), Marie K. Iding (University of Hawaii, USA) and Martha E. Crosby (University of Hawaii, USA)
Copyright: © 2006
This case study describes the design and delivery of a collaborative asynchronous-synchronous, graduate-level, cross-university computer science course designedto create a highly interactive learning environment that resulted in the emergenceof multiple unique virtual learning communities. The pedagogical principles of sit-uated and problem-based learning were combined in a distributed collaborativelearning context where students’cognitive and metacognitive capabilities devel-oped through the facilitative guidance of the instructors and through discoursewith and observation of other students. The course was designed to motivate stu-dents to engage in interactive learning with others and to enhance transfer ofknowledge gained through this learning experience to real-life situations. Wedescribe the challenges inherent in creating and managing this type of learningcontext as well as how we deployed ongoing formative assessment to ensure theevolution of a dynamic learning environment. The result of our efforts was aunique learning experience for students and instructors.