ERIC Number: ED466211
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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Designing Collaborative Teaching and Learning in Virtual Environments for Large Scale International Participation.
Scheuermann, Friedrich; Larsson, Ken; Toto, Roxanne
In times of financial restrictions, the demand for more efficiency and effectiveness in the higher education system is often connected to the potential of tele-supported university teaching. At the Institute of Law and Computer Sciences of the Saarland University, international online courses have been offered regularly since 1996. The didactic concept is communication-oriented and is based to a vast extent on discussions and group work via the exchange of electronic messages through the World Wide Web. Technical specialties, like an extensive media integration, were not incorporated and the programming was reduced to a necessary medium. Nonetheless, a vast investment of time during the development and the realization of such online courses had to be noticed mainly due to organizational and support activities. This paper looks at the design of an online learning environment, focusing on the collaborative aspects, both from an educator's viewpoint and from a student's viewpoint. The design is based on socially constructed needs with flexibility as a main concern. (Contains 10 references.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Cooperative Learning, Distance Education, Educational Development, Foreign Countries, Group Activities, Higher Education, Instructional Design, International Communication, Online Systems, Telecommunications
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Austria