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What is Collaborative Online Learning

Encyclopedia of Multimedia Technology and Networking, Second Edition
Online learning performed in a group setting; collaboration involves developing a relationship involving all participants (trainer and students) in the creation of knowledge. The group becomes a source of support and exchanges of information between participants, and also plays a motivating role for individual learners.
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Efficiency and Performance of Work Teams in Collaborative Online Learning
Éliane M.F. Moreau (Université du Québec à Trois Rivières, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-014-1.ch060
Online learning, or e-learning, can be an interesting way of encouraging employees to collaborate in performing their work (Fichter, 2002). For example, it can help employees to learn quickly and efficiently, without the inconvenience of absence from the workplace. It can take place at the location desired by the employee, for example, at the office or at home, when the employee wants and needs it, and at a suitable pace (Mingasson, 2002). Employees can, therefore, control their learning progress without having to travel to a classroom. Some find online learning less intimidating and less risky than classroom-based courses given by trainers (Fichter, 2002). If online learning is to be effective, however, employees need a high local network capacity, an Internet connection, and a computer support system to ensure that both hardware and software function properly (Muianga, 2005). The purpose of the research described in this article is to examine the impact of interaction efficiency on the ability of teams to work together and on their learning performance. The article begins by examining the main variables of e-learning use, and goes on to propose a model of work team efficiency and performance in collaborative online learning. It also presents the study’s methodological considerations. Pilot projects were carried out in two universities in Québec, Canada. Virtual teams of five students were formed, and an academic task was handed in to the professors in charge of the projects. The students then completed a questionnaire. The article analyses the benefits of using new technology in university-level courses, and proposes avenues for future research.
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Coordinated joint activity online in which two or more learners attempt to construct and maintain a shared conception of a construct, process or a problem through peer interaction and group learning processes on the web. One of the leading fields of research in the context of online collaborative research is the Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL).
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