Am I Alone? The Competitive Nature of Self-reflective Activities in Groups and Individually
Barbara Kieslinger, Centre for Social Innovation – Zentrum für Soziale Innovation, Austria ; Kai Pata, Tallinn University, Center for Educational Technology, Estonia
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vienna, Austria ISBN 978-1-880094-65-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Although not yet common practice, the use of personal learning environments (PLEs) has started to enter formal higher education. Some early adopters facilitate their students in making use of social software tools and networked resources for learning activities. In our contribution observations from field research that has been conducted in the context of the iCamp project are discussed. In the field trials students were guided towards self-reflection and self-direction activities by making use of their PLEs, while at the same time they were prompted to perform collaborative activities in distributed shared learning environments. Thus students and facilitators were challenged by the competitive nature of self-reflection done in single PLEs against the other-directed reflective activities done in distributed shared learning environments. This article elaborates on why collaborative activities might be hindering the individual reflective activities, and how this can be overcome.
Kieslinger, B. & Pata, K. (2008). Am I Alone? The Competitive Nature of Self-reflective Activities in Groups and Individually. In J. Luca & E. Weippl (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2008--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 6337-6342). Vienna, Austria: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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