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ERIC Number: EJ1066817
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0973-2217
Student-Centered Collaborative Learning in the Online Classroom: Perceptions of Virtual Group Projects
Mandernach, B. Jean; Donnelli, Emily; Dailey, Amber
Journal on School Educational Technology, v3 n2 p31-37 Sep-Nov 2007
In early models of online instruction, learning activities and assessments relied primarily on threaded discussions or papers. But advances in online technology, and a growing trend to incorporate collaborative learning strategies, have lead to the emergence of online group projects. While student-centered learning activities such as group projects have a well-established history in traditional educational environments, the value of group work in the online classroom is less clear. A survey of experienced online students and faculty revealed inconsistent perceptions between these two groups concerning the value of group projects in virtual education. Online faculty report that group projects are a valuable tool as group work provides a realistic assessment of requisite professional skills. In contrast, online students indicate that group projects are counterproductive to their choice to pursue online education. Discussion examines unique challenges in incorporating student-centered collaborative projects in the virtual classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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