Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning: Best Practices and Principles for Instructors: Best Practices and Principles for Instructors

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Orvis, Kara L.
IGI Global, Jan 31, 2008 - Education - 352 pages

Decades of research have shown that student collaboration in groups doesn't just happen; rather it needs to be a deliberate process facilitated by the instructor. Promoting collaboration in virtual learning environments presents a variety of challenges.

Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning: Best Practices & Principles for Instructors answers the demand for a thorough resource on techniques to facilitate effective collaborative learning in virtual environments. This book provides must-have information on the role of the instructor in computer-supported collaborative learning, real-world perspectives on virtual learning group collaboration, and supporting learning group motivation.


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Collaborative vs Cooperative Learning The Instructors Role in Computer Supported Collaborative Learning
Student Development Case Studies
Developing a Community of Practice in an Online Research Lab
The Case Method and Collaborative Learning
Preparing Online Instructors Beyond Using the Technology
Collaborative Work in Online Learning Environments Critical Issues Dynamics and Challenges
The Social Psychology of Online Collaborative Learning The Good the Bad and the Awkward
Professional Development Case Studies
Diversity in CSCL Environments
Gender and Diversity in Collaborative Virtual Teams
Student Motivation in International Collaboration To Participate or Not to Participate?
Help Me Help You A Triple Track Approach to Maximizing Collaborative Learning in Complex CrossNational Virtual Teams
Looking Forward
Developing Shared Mental Models in ComputerSupported Collaborative Learning
Practical Strategies for Assessing the Quality of Collaborative Learner Engagement
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Collaborative Learning Among Faculty Using Course Management Systems to Support Faculty Development
Development of Online Distributed Training Practical Considerations and Lesson Learned

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