ERIC Number: ED477457
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
Benefits of Cooperative Learning in a Multimedia Environment.
This paper reviews the research on cooperative learning combined with technology and presents a formative report of those findings. The review focused on these questions: What are the benefits of cooperative learning in a multimedia environment? What benefits do computer-based training offer? What are the benefits of cooperative learning integrated into computer-based training? The research for this study was conducted by using several online resources of the Morris Library at Southern Illinois University, University of Central Floridas library, and books at the Seminole County Public Library. The majority of the resources were accessed from the ERIC System. There were only a few printed books that were used. The following conclusions are offered: (1) Students learn together in groups so that they can perform better as individuals; cooperative learning reinforces learning; and the students believe they "sink or swim together." (2) With its convenience of access, computer-based training may provide insight into which instructional strategies are most effective for different types of learners. (3) Of the three methods of computer-based instruction-individual, collaborative, and cooperative-cooperative, computer-based instruction appears to be the most effective (Sparks & Simonson, 2000); by using the five elements of cooperative learning, computer-based instruction can be used to enhance learning. (4) Cooperative learning activities centered on the computer and the Internet could be organized to effect interaction and solve some of the teaching-learning problems in schools; because learning takes place when information is shared, cooperative learning can be advantageous to all learners. (5) Cooperative learning methods coupled with the flexibility of CBT, holds great promise for accelerating students attainment of high academic standards. Recommendations are offered at the end of the paper. (Contains 18 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Research Paper, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.