ERIC Number: EJ1159701
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
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Exploring Collaborative Learning Effect in Blended Learning Environments
Sun, Z.; Liu, R.; Luo, L.; Wu, M.; Shi, C.
Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, v33 n6 p575-587 Dec 2017
The use of new technology encouraged exploration of the effectiveness and difference of collaborative learning in blended learning environments. This study investigated the social interactive network of students, level of knowledge building and perception level on usefulness in online and mobile collaborative learning environments in higher education. WeChat, which is a mobile synchronous communication tool, and modular object-oriented dynamic learning environment (Moodle) were used as mobile and online collaborative learning settings. Seventy-eight college students majoring in information engineering participated in the experiment. The following findings were revealed by combining methods of social network analysis, content analysis and questionnaire survey: (1) the collaborative social networks generated in this study showed that students had tighter interaction relationships in Moodle than in WeChat; (2) deeper level of knowledge building in collaboration and interaction through Moodle than WeChat was observed; and (3) Moodle got higher perception level than WeChat because of its usefulness for collaboration.
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Blended Learning, Social Networks, Network Analysis, Management Systems, Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, College Students, Majors (Students), Information Science Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Content Analysis, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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