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ERIC Number: ED467933
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Pages: 10
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Student-Centred Collaborative Learning via Face-to-Face and Asynchronous Online Communication: What's the Difference?
Ellis, Ainslie
The traditional form of collaborative learning has been via face-to-face groups working together. The online forum can provide a different collaborative learning environment, due to its student-centric, asynchronous, written form. As a result of an investigation into the differences between face-to-face and online asynchronous communication, insights into the impact on collaborative learning emerged. This paper examines a subject that is presented using both face-to-face and asynchronous online forms of communication, discussing the differences in terms of collaborative learning. Data were collected through reflective reports written by the students, in-depth interviews with some students, videotaping of the face-to-face discussion, observations made by the lecturer, texts of the online discussions, and logs of the access to the online forum. Results are discussed in two main areas: differences between face-to-face and online communication, including synchronous versus asynchronous communication (immediate versus more considered response and permanency of content), written communication versus verbal communication (the medium of text and body language issues), and participation (the level and equity of participation); and group community and collaborative learning development, including the collaborative nature of the discussion, lecturer-centric versus student-centric discussion, nature of agreement, and extension of the learning community beyond the forum. (Contains 15 references.) (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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