Online Group Projects: Preparing the Instructors to Prepare the Students

Online Group Projects: Preparing the Instructors to Prepare the Students

Valerie Taylor (De Anza College, USA)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 32
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-408-8.ch002
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Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of the literature on group projects in online learning and outlines lesson modules for teaching online instructors to use group projects in their courses. The lessons themselves are structured to be an example of online staff development for distance learning faculty. While group projects are often included in on-campus classes, faculty teaching online courses are reluctant to use group projects for these classes. The technology and the students’ acceptance of the online learning environment should be used to extend the pedagogical benefits of group work. With adequate staff development, online instructors can successfully integrate group learning into online classes.

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