Sense of Collaboration in Different Group Configurations in Online Graduate Course Discussions
Mingzhu Qiu, CTL, OISE/UT, Canada
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), Waynesville, NC USA
Online collaboration is likely to increase in educational settings in the future, as the trend toward group learning and online course activities and materials continue to merge. Today the benefits of collaborative learning are widely known but rarely practiced, particularly at the university level. More effective group discussions should be designed to facilitate collaborative learning and knowledge building. However, in reality, there is confusion of the definition and understanding of online collaboration. Few studies have explored graduate-level online course instructors' and students' experiences and opinions of online collaboration, especially collaboration in different sizes of classes and group configurations. This qualitative study has explored 10 instructors' and 12 graduate students' online collaboration experience at OISE/UT. The research results will provide online instructors and researchers with information about instructors' and students' opinions about online collaboration relating to different class sizes and group configurations.
Qiu, M. (2008). Sense of Collaboration in Different Group Configurations in Online Graduate Course Discussions. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3126-3132). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).