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What is Slacker

Handbook of Research on Mobile Technology, Constructivism, and Meaningful Learning
Team member who fails to contribute a proportionate amount of work toward the completion of an assignment or project.
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Approaches for Addressing Student Barriers to Collaborative Learning Success
Robert F. Houghton (Idaho State University, USA), Kevin R. Parker (Idaho State University, USA), Bill Davey (RMIT University, Australia), and Karoly Bozan (Idaho State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3949-0.ch002
Collaborative work can provide a valuable learning experience, especially for those preparing to enter the information systems workforce. There have been numerous papers that discuss various effective means of realizing the benefits of collaborative group learning, but the approach still experiences issues stemming from pragmatic environmental factors such as the non-traditional nature of many students. This chapter has identified a range of problems and reports on a longitudinal Action Research study in two universities in Australia and the United States. Over three semesters problems were identified and methods tested using various approaches. Several promising remedies to the identified problems are suggested, including the use of student profiles, ePortfolios, project milestones, and freely available online collaborative tools.
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