ERIC Number: EJ836689
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
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The Design and Evaluation of a CSCL Tool to Support Reflection and Revision of Design Projects
Land, Susan M.
Journal of Computing in Higher Education, v16 n1 p68-92 Sep 2004
Design projects are one form of project-based learning whereby students propose, build, and test an artifact to meet a specific need. This paper presents the design, implementation, and evaluation of a computer-based tool ("Co-Net") designed to support students in the process of working on design projects (in this case, instructional design projects). "Co-Net" was implemented over two successive semesters, with approximately 43 students using it. Based on the classroom trials reported here, one major finding was that providing access to others' published artifacts through the Web is a simple but powerful strategy to help learners to elaborate initial ideas, prompt reflection and evaluation of their own designs, and promote engagement in the larger design community. Also, facilitating the exchange of online feedback about one's project design was perceived to be useful, but only when feedback was substantive, offered suggestions, or pointed out limitations in the design.
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Feedback (Response), Instructional Design, Student Projects, Active Learning, Internet, Web Sites, Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Software
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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