ERIC Number: ED427716
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Using Collaboration in Support of Distance Learning.
Levin, David S.; Ben-Jacob, Marion G.
Trends in pedagogy and in technology are converging to make distance learning environments of the 21st century. Trends in pedagogy have encouraged the movement away from the learner as a passive recipient of information and toward a more active model of learning. Earlier generations of distance learning media and methods were ill-suited to the active learning model. More recent technologies of distance learning, most notably computers, the Internet, and interactive video, have the potential to support the new model of learning. This paper describes different strategies to integrate activities to support this new model of learning into courses in distance learning programs at DePaul University (Illinois) and Mercy College (New York). An integral component of higher education in the new millennium will be collaborative learning, not only because it supports active learning, but also because it is required for the workplace for which students are being prepared. Moreover, as more corporations become global, collaboration will be mediated by technology. This paper also discusses ongoing research being conducted to measure the effectiveness of technology-mediated collaborative learning. A questionnaire for a student survey on distance education and collaborative learning is appended. (Author/AEF)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Cooperative Learning, Distance Education, Educational Environment, Educational Technology, Educational Trends, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Information Technology, Instructional Effectiveness, Interactive Video, Internet, Learner Controlled Instruction, Learning Activities, Learning Strategies, Questionnaires, Student Surveys, Teaching Methods, Teaching Models, Technological Advancement, Technology Integration, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A