ERIC Number: ED470184
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Listen to Me: Four Web-Based CSCL Students' Perspectives and Experiences in Group Collaboration and Knowledge Construction in Cyber Space.
Wang, C. Y. Janey
The main purpose of this Naturalistic inquiry study is to explore four ethically diverse Web-based Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) students' perceptions of and experiences in knowledge construction and group collaboration. Findings suggest that individual and group successes are interconnected and rely on successful negotiation and construction of shared knowledge among group members. While effective collaboration and knowledge construction among people of diverse backgrounds may be challenging, Web-based collaborative learning among similar populations may pose additional challenges than in face-to-face settings due to the absence or limited non-verbal communication cues. Educators interested in designing online courses for students of diverse backgrounds should not only consider the cognitive but also the social and cultural aspects of communication. Future studies should focus on exploring effective course design to facilitate both cognitive and social aspects of learning and to optimize individual as well as group learning. (Contains 11 references.) (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Annual Proceedings of Selected Research and Development [and] Practice Papers Presented at the National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (24th, Atlanta, GA, November 8-12, 2001). Volumes 1-2; see IR 021 504.