Communicative Collaboration: Four CSCL Students’ Online Group Collaborative Learning Perceptions and Experiences
C.Y.Janey Wang, Paul Resta, Univ. of Texas at 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 reports a study exploring four Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) 2000 class students' (from diverse ethnic backgrounds) perceptions of and experiences in knowledge construction and group collaboration. Communication and interpersonal relationships emerged as major areas of concern in this Naturalistic inquiry study. Findings indicated that individual and group successes are interconnected in the online collaborative learning environment. Group success lies upon successful negotiation and construction of shared knowledge among members of the group. However, many verbal and nonverbal communication cues are largely missing or limited in the highly technologically-reliant environment. Educators who are interested in designing online courses for students of diverse backgrounds should consider the social and cultural aspects of communication. Future studies should focus on exploring effective cross-cultural communication, challenges, successes, and strategies.
Wang, C.Y.J. & Resta, P. (2001). Communicative Collaboration: Four CSCL Students’ Online Group Collaborative Learning Perceptions and Experiences. In C. Montgomerie & J. Viteli (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2001--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 2005-2006). Norfolk, VA USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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