ERIC Number: EJ1180592
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Exploration of Factors in the Early Collaboration Phase Affecting Virtual Groups' Overall Collaborative Learning Experiences
Liu, Ying-Hsiu; Kwon, Kyungbin; Johnson, LaShaune P.
Journal of Educational Computing Research, v56 n4 p485-512 Jul 2018
Collaboration skills have become a critical competency for health care providers. This study aims to understand how individual student characteristics and group process in the early phase of group development are associated with students' perception of their overall collaborative learning experience. The study was conducted in two consecutive semesters with a total of 86 health sciences undergraduate students participating. The results show that quality communication in the beginning phase of group development and health-care work experiences are two major factors associated with students' perception of overall collaborative learning. The findings confirm the importance of the initial phase of collaboration. Faculty should deliberately design collaborative learning experiences that offer orientation in enhancing the interactions among group members and allow quality communication to proliferate.
Descriptors: Health Sciences, Undergraduate Students, Health Services, Work Experience, Student Attitudes, Learning Experience, Instructional Design, Cooperative Learning, Individual Characteristics, Gender Differences, Technological Literacy, Computer Mediated Communication, Online Courses, Group Dynamics, Management Systems, Course Descriptions, Patients, Interpersonal Communication, Student Surveys, Statistical Analysis
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