Herding Cats: Striking a Balance Between Autonomy and Control in Online Classes

Donald N. Philip (University Of Toronto, Canada)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 300
EISBN13: 9781616921620|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-878-9.ch018
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Teachers using online learning environments have found that traditional classroom control techniques do not work when applied online. Instead, other approaches need to be used. This chapter introduces the concept of knowledge-building as an approach that is effective in online learning, and the concept of protocological control as a means of controlling the communications networks that evolve during the learning process. Data from a study involving students in a gr. 5/6 hybrid (online and face-to-face) class are used to illustrate how the teacher controls the learning process when the students all work independently of each other. The use of social network analysis as a tool for visualizing the communications networks that form is demonstrated.
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