Collaborative Learning Environments: Exploring Student Attitudes and Satisfaction in Face-to-Face and Asynchronous Computer Conferencing Settings
Rosalie J. Ocker, Temple University, United States
Journal of Interactive Learning Research Volume 12, Number 4, ISSN 1093-023X Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Although collaborative learning techniques have been shown to enhance the learning experience, it is difficult to incorporate these concepts into courses without requiring students to collaborate outside of class. There is an ever increasing number of nontraditional university students who find it difficult to schedule the necessary meetings with team members to accomplish collaborative tasks. This empirical study explored the impact on nontraditional students of using asynchronous conferencing technology to complete collaborative teamwork. Following a repeated-measures experimental design, each student team collaborated on two assignments, one using face-to-face collaboration and the other using asynchronous computer conferencing technology for collaboration. Empirical findings indicate that, although students in both treatments were equally satisfied with the quality of the collaborative solution that they produced, students were more satisfied with the face-to-face collaboration process. Preexperiment attitudes toward collaboration were successful in predicting student satisfaction with the face-to-face collaboration process, but not the asynchronous process. Compared to women, men were more comfortable with the concept of collaborative team assignments. However, women were more satisfied with asynchronous collaboration compared to men.
Ocker, R.J. (2001). Collaborative Learning Environments: Exploring Student Attitudes and Satisfaction in Face-to-Face and Asynchronous Computer Conferencing Settings. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 12(4), 427-448. Waynesville, NC: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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