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ERIC Number: EJ1098530
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Using Mendeley to Support Collaborative Learning in the Classroom
Khwaja, Tehmina; Eddy, Pamela L.
Journal of Educational Technology, v12 n2 p19-28 Jul-Sep 2015
The purpose of this study was to explore the use of Mendeley, a free online reference management and academic networking software, as a collaborative tool in the college classroom. Students in two iterations of a Graduate class used Mendeley to collaborate on a policy research project over the course of a semester. The project involved collaborative critique of an article, finding and annotating additional relevant literature, synthesizing all group articles, and creating individual policy briefs. The authors investigated how students used the software, tracking individual contributions and reviewing final student projects. The authors used survey data to gauge student experience with Mendeley. The authors discovered that in addition to facilitating collaboration, Mendeley was useful for organizing the material for the group project. The survey also revealed that there is a learning curve with Mendeley, which may prevent students from taking full advantage of Mendeley as a collaboration and reference tool. This study suggests that Mendeley can be used as a platform to facilitate learning through classroom collaboration.
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Computer Uses in Education, Graduate Students, Research Projects, Student Projects, Computer Software, Student Surveys, Student Experience
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