How Do Youth and Mentors Experience Project-Based Learning in the Internet-Based Shared Environment for Expeditions (iExpeditions)
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting,
The Internet-Based Shared Environment for Expeditions (iExpeditions) is both a development effort of the Center for Technology Innovations in Education, University of Missouri, Columbia, and a research project conducted in partnership with Motorola, Inc. and a researcher at Brigham Young University (Utah). The project seeks to develop and understand the use of computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) technologies for supporting distributed learning communities via the World Wide Web. In the expedition examined, participants were challenged to come up with solutions on how to design, develop, and market wireless communication for cars, providing drivers with personalized information, messaging, entertainment, and location-specific travel and security services. Participants conducted their activities through a Web site providing a coordinated set of CSCL tools facilitating communication, information access, collaboration, and knowledge representation. Participants were 45 youth (children of Motorola employees) from 13 to 17 years old. Research questions addressed the learning experiences of participants, the teaching experiences of online mentors, and the function of the CSCL tools. Data were collected through online non-participant observation, electronic surveys, questionnaires, interviews, chat room observation, transcripts of forum entries, and project artifacts collection. Results show that substantial associations exist among youths' attributions, interest and participation, and team functioning. Contains 21 references. (MES)
Wang, M., Laffey, J., Wangemann, P., Harris, C. & Tupper, T. (2000). How Do Youth and Mentors Experience Project-Based Learning in the Internet-Based Shared Environment for Expeditions (iExpeditions). Presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting 2000.