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ERIC Number: EJ1030559
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1939-5256
How Much "Group" Is There in Online Group Work?
Lowes, Susan
Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, v18 n1 2014
The ability to work in groups across time and space has become a frequent requirement for the workplace and is increasingly common in higher education, but there is a surprising lack of research on how online groups work. This research applies analytic approaches used in studies of face-to-face classroom "talk" to multiple groups in two online high school courses. We found two activities that demanded group problem-solving styles--one for deciding how to work as a group and a second for responding to the content of the assignment; that successful groups had directive leaders; and that most groups divided the labor, working in parallel rather than collaboratively.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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