Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning: The Role of the Instuctor

Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning: The Role of the Instuctor

Kara L. Orvis (The Consortium of Universities of the D.C. Metro Area, U.S. Army Research Institute, USA) and Andrea L.R. Lassiter (Minnesota State University - Mankato, USA)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-708-9.ch007


In collaborative learning, interaction among learners is essential for effective knowledge acquisition and increased understanding. Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) environments often inhibit or cause problems with learner-learner interactions. This chapter takes an applied perspective of what the instructor can do to identify and manage learner-learner relationships in a CSCL environment. Using a model of virtual team effectiveness, we identify potential motivational, cognitive, and affective problems between learners that are often exacerbated by computer-mediated technologies. Recommendations for instructor interventions designed to promote effective learner interactions are offered. This information will provide insight to both corporate trainers and K-12 educators on how instructors can promote appropriate and positive learner-learner interaction in CSCL environments.

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