Computer Supported Collaborative Learning for Adult Education and Training - An Instructional Design Perspective
K. Mathai, National Institute qf Technical Teachers' Training & Research, Slznirrla Hills, Bhopal, Madhya Pmdesh, India
Indian Journal of Open Learning Volume 17, Number 1, ISSN 0971-2690 Publisher: Indira Gandhi National Open University
Abstract: In the recent years, courses are becoming widely available through online learning mode using the lnternet technology. The increasing availability of collaborative features of lnternet and web based technologies are leading to a significant change in instructional design models of these courses. Most of the courses presently available focus on 'behaviourist' pedagogical way of learning. For adults this approach does not suit their learning. The instructional design that would satisfy andragogical needs of adult learners, i.e. construction of knowledge through web based collaboration and problem solving learning has led to the search for emerging 'constructivist' way of learning and 'transactional distance theory' through the web. But this constructivism is contradictory to the contemporary behaviourist way of learning, which are in practice. This paper attempts to give an instructional design perspective for adult education/training and lays out a framework of ill-structured 'Problem Based Online Learning (PB0L)-Curriculum Design Approach' for an online internet and intranet based course through 'Computer Supported Collaborative Learning' (CSCL) environment. In this context, the entire instructional design of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning environment, its 'CSCL Communication Approach: 'Instructional Design Stages and Principles', 'Instructional Methods' and 'Assessment Criteria' have been evolved and explained briefly in this paper.
Mathai, K. (2008). Computer Supported Collaborative Learning for Adult Education and Training - An Instructional Design Perspective. Indian Journal of Open Learning, 17(1), 35-49. Indira Gandhi National Open University.