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ERIC Number: EJ875035
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1528-3518
Solitary Learner in Online Collaborative Learning: A Disappointing Experience?
Ke, Fengfeng; Carr-Chellman, Alison
Quarterly Review of Distance Education, v7 n3 p249-265 2006
Research suggests that the solitary learner's learning preferences might be a mismatch with collaborative instructional settings. A question is therefore posed: "In online learning environments that require collaboration, how do solitary learners experience their own learning?" It is important to answer this question to understand and develop effective online learning environments for solitary learners. This phenomenological study explored the lived experiences of 5 solitary learners in an online collaborative learning environment. Data were collected through in-depth interviews, field observations, and document analysis. Findings revealed that solitary learners prefer online learning discussions for the value of the reflection they enable, but still prefer individual accomplishment of course-specific tasks. Three themes described the participants' experiences: a preference for internal interactions for learning, a willingness to engage in collaboration but not in an interdependent way, and a preference for interacting academically rather than socially. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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