ERIC Number: ED462944
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
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Cross-Country Conversations: Techniques for Facilitating Web-Based Collaboration.
Reinhart, Julie; Slowinski, Joe; Anderson, Tiffany
This paper describes an online collaborative process among three university classes in a cross-country project. Two of the classes were undergraduate courses at the Indiana University Bloomington and Northwest campuses, and the third was a graduate course at North Carolina A & T State University. Each course was a traditional campus-based course whose instructors agreed to have their students participate in the cross-country collaboration. Participation counted for a small portion of the grade. Students were group into teams of four that worked together throughout the semester. There were 12 teams, most consisting of at least one student from each campus. The project consisted of five two-week long online group discussions using SiteScape Forum, a World Wide Web-based discussion board and file-sharing tool. There were two main features of SiteScape that the students used--the user profiles and the discussion boards. Each group had their own discussion area, and there was a common discussion area for everyone in the three classes. Methods for facilitating collaboration included collaboration training, student introductions, thematic discussions, and modeling/coaching. Recommendations are provided to offer guidance on how to improve online collaboration. (Contains 10 references.) (MES)
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Uses in Education, Cooperative Learning, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Group Discussion, Higher Education, Instructional Improvement, Teamwork, World Wide Web
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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