Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning in Higher Education

Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning in Higher Education

Tim S. Roberts (Central Queensland University, Australia)
Release Date: September, 2004|Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 338
ISBN13: 9781591404088|ISBN10: 1591404088|EISBN13: 9781591404101|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-408-8


Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning in Higher Education provides a resource for researchers and practitioners in the area of computer-supported collaborative learning (also known as CSCL); particularly those working within a tertiary education environment. It includes articles of relevance to those interested in both theory and practice in this area.

It attempts to answer such important current questions as: how can groups with shared goals work collaboratively using the new technologies? What problems can be expected, and what are the benefits? In what ways does online group work differ from face-to-face group work? And what implications are there for both educators and students seeking to work in this area?

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Tim S Roberts is a Senior Lecturer with the Faculty of Informatics and Communication at the Bundaberg campus of Central Queensland University. He has been teaching online courses since 1992, including computer programming to over a thousand students located throughout Australia and overseas, many of them studying entirely online. In 2001 together with Lissa McNamee and Sallyanne Williams he developed the Online Collaborative Learning in Higher Education web site at, and in 2002 with Joanne McInnerney the Assessment in Higher Education web site at He was awarded the Bundaberg City Council’s prize for excellence in research in 2001, and the Dean’s Award for quality research in 2002. He edited Online Collaborative Learning: Theory and Practice in 2003.