ERIC Number: EJ817933
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
A Window into Learning: Case Studies of Online Group Communication and Collaboration
Jones, Richard E. J.; Cooke, Louise
ALT-J: Research in Learning Technology, v14 n3 p261-274 Sep 2006
The two case studies presented explore the potential offered by in-depth qualitative analysis of students' online discussion to enhance our understanding of how students learn. Both cases are used to illustrate how the monitoring and moderation of online student group communication can open up a "window into learning", providing us with new insights into complex problem-solving and thinking processes. The cases offer examples of students' "thinking aloud" while problem-solving, showing how and why they arrived at particular outcomes and the underlying thought processes involved. It is argued that these insights into students' learning processes can in turn offer us the opportunity to adapt our own teaching practice in order to achieve a better pedagogical "fit" with the learning needs of our students; for example, through a more precise or more timely intervention. It is also suggested that looking through this "window" enables us to concentrate our assessment more closely on the "process" of task completion, rather than focusing solely on the end "product".
Descriptors: Case Studies, Computer Mediated Communication, Learning Processes, Virtual Classrooms, College Students, Problem Solving, Problem Based Learning, Student Attitudes, Discussion, Content Analysis, Graduate Students, Critical Thinking, Cognitive Processes, Cooperative Learning, Foreign Countries
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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