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ERIC Number: EJ1062679
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0007-1013
A Tool for Learning or a Tool for Cheating? The Many-Sided Effects of a Participatory Student Website in Mass Higher Education
Stöckelová, Tereza; Virtová, Tereza
British Journal of Educational Technology, v46 n3 p597-607 May 2015
This paper is a case study of the genesis, operation and, in particular, the educational effects of a participatory website established and run by students of one of the largest universities in the Czech Republic, the purpose of which is to enable students to share study materials, essays and evaluations of staff and courses. We study the rise of the website as a bottom-up reaction to deficiencies in the educational process perceived by students, which has led to changes in some of the university's educational practices. Drawing upon ethnographic data, we inquire into the various ways in which the website's existence has influenced educational processes and student-teacher relations. The findings show how such a website's impact can be both positive and negative. While it can foster collaboration and a sense of mutuality among students, trigger institutional reflexivity and generate a platform for the collective production of knowledge lacking in curricula, it can also perpetuate institutional deficiencies by compensating for them, often in undesirable ways such as cheating and plagiarism. A video abstract of this article can be viewed at
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Czech Republic