Together We Form a New Culture: Students’ Perspectives on the Influence of Diversity in a Web-Based Collaborative Learning Community
C. Y. Janey Wang, The University of Texas at Austin, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-44-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This paper investigates students' perspectives on how cultural diversity impacts learning in an online collaborative learning course. Specifically, how students successfully achieve optimal learning in this online learning community as they collaborate with members of diverse backgrounds was explored. Study participants were eight Instructional Technology Planning and Management (ITPM) students. ITPM was offered in Spring 2001 at the University of Texas at Austin (UTA), and was conducted within a Web-based collaborative learning environment. Findings suggest that collective and individual successes are enhanced by the formation of a collaborative group culture within this setting. Evidence that diverse views on culture and that new cultures evolve within the Web-based collaborative learning environment were found. Results suggested that Web-based collaborative learning course instructors should consider group diversity in their collaborative team assignments in order to further facilitate group dynamics and optimize learning.
Wang, C.Y.J. (2002). Together We Form a New Culture: Students’ Perspectives on the Influence of Diversity in a Web-Based Collaborative Learning Community. In D. Willis, J. Price & N. Davis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2002--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 417-418). Nashville, Tennessee, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).