Project-Based Online Group Collaborative Learning Characteristics

Project-Based Online Group Collaborative Learning Characteristics

Jianxia Du (Mississippi State University, USA), Byron Harvard (University of West Florida, USA), James Adams (Mississippi State University, USA), Gang Ding (East China Normal University, China) and Wei-Chieh Yu (Mississippi State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-949-6.ch081
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This chapter illustrates a framework for Online Group Collaborative Learning based upon Piaget’s concepts of assimilation and accommodation and upon Vygotsky’s theory of social interaction. This chapter examined how an online project based learning approach affected students’ cognitive skills development and their motivation, and explored factors leading to successful collaborative projects. The findings indicated that in a project based online group environment unique characteristics exist for: leadership style and individual role, goal setting and project management, accountability and commitment, peer supportive relationships, individual accomplishment and group accomplishments, and mixed gender and race group preference.

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