Online Collaborative Learning: Theory and Practice

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Tim S. Roberts
Idea Group Inc (IGI), 2004 - Education - 321 pages
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Online Collaborative Learning: Theory and Practice provides a resource for researchers and practitioners in the area of online collaborative learning (also known as CSCL, computer-supported collaborative learning), particularly those working within a tertiary education environment. It includes articles of relevance to those interested in both theory and practice in this area. It attempts to answer such important current questions as: how can groups with shared goals work collaboratively using the new technologies? What problems can be expected, and what are the benefits? In what ways does online group work differ from face-to-face group work? And what implications are there for both educators and students seeking to work in this area?
 

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Contents

Chapter I Supporting Collaborative Project Teams Using ComputerBased Technologies
1
Chapter II ComputerMediated Progressive Inquiry in Higher Education
28
Problems and Solutions Benefits and Implications
54
The Use of Feedback Mechanisms in Online Learning
86
Some Necessary Innovations
103
Learning to Learn in Online Collaborative Groups
132
Chapter VII A New Taxonomy for Evaluation Studies of Online Collaborative Learning
160
Benefits and Challenges to Using Groupwork in Online Learning Environments
181
Chapter IX Collaborative or Cooperative Learning?
203
Chapter X Methods for Analyzing Collaboration in Online Communications
215
Chapter XI Reflection and Intellectual Amplification in Online Communities of Collaborative Learning
242
Chapter XII Do Online Collaborative Groups Need Leaders?
262
Two Complementary Views
281
About the Authors
311
Index
318
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