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ERIC Number: ED411908
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 11
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Benefits of Collaboration Software for On-Site Classes.
Klemm, W. R.
Distance learning and collaboration software is beneficial to on-site students as well as off-site students. Collaborative learning (CL) allows students to work together in small groups to help each other master academic material. CL helps teachers by exploiting the ability of students to communicate with each other, and more actively engages students in academic content. It is often difficult, however, for students to find a place and time to work together. Certain students end up doing most of the work, with all of them receiving the same grade. Collaboration through computers would alleviate these problems because work can be done asynchronously, and students can create and access files at their own convenience. Texas A&M has developed and tested a collaboration software called FORUM. Proven advantages include: (1) development of writing skills; (2) teachers can see and respond to what everybody is thinking; (3) shy students are heard, while aggressive students are less able to dominate; (4) slow students are less embarrassed; (5) everybody has time to do good work; (6) their work is more efficient; (7) work can be anonymous; and (8) students can feel pride of ownership. Contains 17 references. (YKH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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