Online Collaborative Learning: Theory and Practice

Online Collaborative Learning: Theory and Practice

Tim S. Roberts (Central Queensland University, Australia)
Release Date: July, 2003|Copyright: © 2004 |Pages: 336
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-174-2
ISBN13: 9781591401742|ISBN10: 1591401747|EISBN13: 9781591401759|ISBN13 Softcover: 9781591402275
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Online Collaborative Learning: Theory and Practice provides a resource for researchers and practitioners in the area of online collaborative learning (also known as CSCL, computer-supported collaborative learning), 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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Countries around the world, and the developing areas are not the exception, are making big investments in information and communication technologies. A good part of it is been applied to education; however, most of its educational potential is lost because the technology is generally used under the traditional transmission paradigm. Thus, innovative ways of teaching are needed in the online environments. Fortunately, this void is amply filled out by the Robert's book "Online Collaborative Learning: Theory and Practice" because it answers cogently a variety of fundamental questions in the field. This is an essential book for all professional practitioners in the field of Instructional Technology because it not only gives them ample theoretical bases, but also plenty of good practical advice in how to develop a sound online collaborative learning experience."

– Antonio Santos, Universidad de las Americas Puebla, Mexico

Online learning researchers and practitioners need knowledge of new forms of learning made possible by the Internet. Only now is the significance of online collaborative learning beginning to be understood. This book represents the leading edge of pedagogic knowledge and practice in online collaborative learning-readers can be confident of the authority and relevance of its [content].

– Sheena Banks, University of Sheffield

The topics in this book apply to a worldwide audience and contain contributions from an international field of researchers. It has excellent insights into structuring and teaching collaborative groups online as well as strategies for researching and analyzing these online processes. Recommended highly for both teachers and researchers of the filed of computer supported collaborative learning.

– Elizabeth Stacey, Deakin University, Australia
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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 http://clp.cqu.edu.au, and in 2002 with Joanne McInnerney the Assessment in Higher Education web site at http://ahe.cqu.edu.au. 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.
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