ERIC Number: ED454809
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Role Plays, Panel Discussions, and Case Studies: Project-Based Learning in a Web-Based Course.
Murphy, Karen L.; Gazi-Demirci, Yakut
Project-based learning in Web courses presents challenges and opportunities that groups in conventional settings may not encounter. This study is based on five project-based learning activities that 17 graduate students in a Web-based educational telecommunications course developed and conducted over a semester. The activities were: discussions of learning in telecommunications environments; role plays about teaching via telecommunications; case studies about management via telecommunications; evaluations of designated Web sites; and panel discussions of critical telecommunications issues. The study investigated two issues related to project-based learning activities in a Web-based course: characteristics of activities that enable students to meet learning objectives; and strategies that student facilitators and student participants use to prepare and conduct the activities. Characteristics of project-based learning activities were identified as environments that students perceived as authentic or meaningful, collaborative work and communication via telecommunications, and activities that provided students with opportunities for both knowledge enhancement and skill building. The strategies of the students-as-facilitators were related to planning and conducting the activity for the participants. The strategies of the students-as-participants were related to carrying out the activities specified by the facilitators. (Contains 29 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Seattle, WA, April 10-14 2001).