Journal article

From assumptions to practice: Creating and supporting robust online collaborative learning

J Lock, C Johnson

International Journal on E-Learning | Published : 2017


Collaboration is more than an activity. In the contemporary online learning environment, collaboration needs to be conceived as an overarching way of learning that fosters continued knowledge building. For this to occur, design of a learning task goes beyond students working together. There are integral nuances that give rise to: how the task is designed, how the task is scaffolded and facilitated, and how students are prepared to work within a collaborative framework. Through a review of the literature, the purpose of this paper is three-fold: 1) to identify and discuss four common assumptions that restrict or impede collaboration in the online environment; 2) to share practices in how to d..

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