Silence on the Net. Distance Education Design in a CSCL and Community of Practice Framework
Anita Mattsson, Mia Karlsson, University of Skövde, Sweden ; Berner Lindström, Göteborg University, Sweden
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This paper is about distance education design in a CSCL framework, building on theories of communities of practice. One teacher and nine student groups in higher education have been followed during one course. An analysis is made on1098 posted contributions, and interviews made with all participants. The result shows that the teacher says she is embraced by socio cultural theories. However, in practice she carries through the course in a constructivist manner, leaving it up to the students to form their pedagogical practice to a great extent on their own. Structuring assignments, feedback, designing for the unexpected, teacher as a co-learner, are aspects highlighted in the analysis.
Mattsson, A., Karlsson, M. & Lindström, B. (2008). Silence on the Net. Distance Education Design in a CSCL and Community of Practice Framework. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 549-556). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).