The Social Psychology of Online Collaborative Learning: The Good, the Bad, and the Awkward

The Social Psychology of Online Collaborative Learning: The Good, the Bad, and the Awkward

Donna Ashcraft (Clarion University of Pennsylvania, USA) and Thomas Treadwell (West Chester University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-753-9.ch007
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Abstract

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 this chapter, we describe some of these more common phenomena, including social loafing, social categorization, and a variety of cognitive distortions. We also describe the stages that groups go through in order to become fully functioning teams. Because some of these experiences are unpleasant for both the instructor and the student, both faculty and students sometimes resist the use of collaborative learning. Furthermore, because of the anonymous nature of online group work, these negative experiences can be magnified. We therefore make recommendations on how best to respond to and resolve them. We specifically draw on our experiences with Collaborative Online Research and Learning (CORAL) in order to demonstrate these phenomena and recommendations. CORAL is a teaching/learning method that integrates two course topics through assignments. Teams of students at two universities must complete together by utilizing video conferencing and other online tools.

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Acknowledgment
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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?
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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
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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
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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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