Online Collaborative Learning in a Project-Based Learning Environment in Taiwan: A Case Study on Undergraduate Students' Perspectives
Educational Media International Volume 46, Number 2, ISSN 0952-3987
This case study investigated undergraduate students' first experience in online collaborative learning in a project-based learning (PBL) environment in Taiwan. Data were collected through interviews of 48 students, instructor's field notes, researchers' online observations, students' online discourse, and group artifacts. The findings revealed interesting phenomena as results of cultural influences as well as educational system impacts. Students experienced learning benefits from PBL in the intensive six-week period, yet voiced serious concerns about the changed role of the instructor, as well as strong reservations on peer collaboration as a result of the competitive tradition in education. Online collaborative learning and PBL critically challenged some culturally-rooted traditions in Taiwan. The study generates practical insights into the applications of online collaborative learning and PBL in Taiwan's higher education as well as implications for cross-cultural implementation of online learning.
Zhang, K., Peng, S.W. & Hung, J.l. (2009). Online Collaborative Learning in a Project-Based Learning Environment in Taiwan: A Case Study on Undergraduate Students' Perspectives. Educational Media International, 46(2), 123-135.
- active learning
- case studies
- computer mediated communication
- Computer Uses in Education
- Cooperative learning
- Cultural Differences
- Cultural Influences
- distance education
- Educational Media
- educational technology
- electronic learning
- Foreign Countries
- Instructional Effectiveness
- Peer Relationship
- student attitudes
- Student Projects
- Teacher Student Relationship
- undergraduate students
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