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ERIC Number: EJ893897
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1055-3096
The Importance of Emphasizing Individual Learning in the "Collaborative Learning Era"
Yadin, Aharon; Or-Bach, Rachel
Journal of Information Systems Education, v21 n2 p185-194 2010
In this paper we describe an instructional tactic of individually assigned homework that promotes and strengthens individual learning processes. We claim that current emphasis on the benefits of collaborative learning belittles the importance of individual learning processes and reduces the opportunities to require and assess individual learning within IS education. In our study, which used specially designed individual assignments, we succeeded in dramatically reducing the failure rate in two courses in two consecutive semesters. We present findings from additional research tools that support and explain the change we found in the failure rate when the tactic of the individually assigned homework was used. We conclude with some implications of the suggested tactic including dealing with academic dishonesty and lowering the dropout rate in IS education. (Contains 2 figures.)
Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE). c/o Al Harris, JISE Editor Emeritus, Department of Computer Information Systems, Walker College of Business, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608. Tel: 828-262-6180; Fax: 828-262-6190; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A