Posts Tagged ‘Computer Supported Collaborative Learning’

Blackboard 9 – Collaborative Learning

December 16, 2009 1 comment
Learn how to make use of Blackboard and complimentary Web 2.0 tools to enhance collaborative learning.
  • How to set up and organize teams in Bb.
  • Options for using wikis within/outside of Blackboard.
  • How to use a specific collaborative tool (EtherPad).

Evaluation of the Use of Semantic Web Technology in a Collaborative Learning Environment

November 2, 2009 2 comments
This screencast is a presentation given by Andrew Lumpe and David Wicks at the 2009 Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning in Orlando, Florida. The presentation objectives are to:

  • Describe the application of a semantic web technologies in a collaborative learning environment.
  • Report the results on student learning.
  • Provide recommendations for future research and applications of semantic web technologies in educational environments.


How do we make sure K12 online learners receive a quality education?

January 31, 2009 Leave a comment

Here’s a report that provides information about state distance learning policies. It’s clear that states are taking different paths towards the same goal of providing learners with options for their education.  Here are the top three issues I see in K-12 online learning:

  1. How much teacher-student interaction is happening on a weekly basis?  Are students working in self-paced modules that rely on rote assessment techniques for efficiency because of limited access to a teacher? What is the teacher-student ratio? Are states setting a limit to class size?
  2. How much collaborative work is being done?  Are students considering the ideas of other novices as they construct knowledge or do they only consider the ideas of the instructor/text?  We definitely need more collaborative learning in face-to-face education but online learners are likely to study in isolation unless teachers are aware of computer-supported collaborative learning techniques.
  3. How much online pedagogy training are instructors receiving before they teach their first online course?  Have they ever taken an online course?  How much autonomy do they have over the content and activities being used in their courses?

I would love to hear what others consider to be the top issues.

(tags: K12 distance_learning eLearning)

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