Reflections on the Use of an Integrated Computer-based Collaborative Learning Program in a Curriculum Design Course for Science Teachers
James P. Barufaldi, Victor A. Zinger, The Univ. of Texas-Austin, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Norfolk, VA USA ISBN 978-1-880094-42-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
This paper discusses the author's reflections on the use of an integrated computerbased collaborative program in a university-level curriculum design course for science teachers. The program, Daedalus, is composed of a series of modules that work together to help the learner during each phase of the writing process. A relatively "traditional" curriculum writing and development course was re-designed to enhance the spirit of cooperative learning and curriculum development among teachers enrolled in a graduate level course in science education. The Daedalus module, "Interchange", was used in the course. "Interchange" is a real-time conferencing program in which the learner composes messages privately and then sends them to all members of the class. The newly developed collaborative writing course proved valuable in encouraging collaborative writing and development and in assisting each teacher to construct his/her "personalized" framework for a curriculum project. Perceptions of teachers and the instructor, examples of final curriculum projects, an overview and evolution of the writing process, and strengths and weaknesses of Daedalus will be presented.
Barufaldi, J.P. & Zinger, V.A. (2001). Reflections on the Use of an Integrated Computer-based Collaborative Learning Program in a Curriculum Design Course for Science Teachers. In C. Montgomerie & J. Viteli (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2001--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 100-101). Norfolk, VA USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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