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Techniques for Fostering Collaboration in Online Learning Communities

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Collaboration is, to date, extensively adopted for supporting learning processes, both in face-to-face and in virtual learning contexts. However, technology profoundly changes the nature of human interactions and, consequently, also changes the nature of the collaborative learning process, yielding a range of new potentialities and problems.Techniques for Fostering Collaboration in Online Learning Communities: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives provides a focused assessment of the peculiarities of online collaborative learning processes by looking at the strategies, methods, and techniques used to support and enhance debate and exchange among peers. Offering an extensive discussion of the design, management, monitoring, and evaluation of learning processes, this work reviews issues from both a theoretical and practical viewpoint and includes methodological contributions as well as perspectives on real experiences.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Editorial Advisory Board and List of Reviewers
    1. EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD
    2. LIST OF REVIEWERS
  5. Preface
  6. Acknowledgment
  7. Chapter 1: Task, Teams and Time
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. THE 3 TS OF THE ACTIVITY STRUCTURE
    4. THE 3 TS IN PRACTICE
    5. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION
  8. Chapter 2: Supporting Virtual Collaborative Learning using Collaboration Scripts and Content Schemes
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. VIRTUAL COLLABORATIVE LEARNING
    4. STRUCTURING VIRTUAL COLLABORATION WITH COLLABORATION SCRIPTS AND CONTENT SCHEMES
    5. SUMMARY AND FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    6. CONCLUSION AND PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS
  9. Chapter 3: Fostering Collaborative Problem Solving by Content Schemes
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. FACILITATING COLLABORATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING IN VIDEOCONFERENCING
    4. RESEARCH QUESTIONS
    5. METHOD
    6. RESULTS
    7. SUMMARY AND DISCUSSION
    8. IMPLICATIONS AND FUTURE RESEARCH
    9. CONCLUSION
  10. Chapter 4: Using and Acquiring Shared and Unshared Knowledge in Collaborative Learning and Writing
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. THEORETICAL BACKGROUND
    4. METHOD
    5. RESULTS
    6. DISCUSSION
  11. Chapter 5: Blending Educational Models to Design Blended Activities
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. SETTING UP THE CONTEXT
    5. THE PLATFORM
    6. THE BLENDED ACTIVITIES
    7. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    8. CONCLUSION
  12. Chapter 6: Models and Strategies to Support Students’ Initial Socialization in Web-Based Learning Environments
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. THE ROLE OF SOCIALIZATION IN LEARNING PROCESSES
    4. PREPARING AND SUPPORTING E-LEARNERS AND EDUCATIONAL SETTING
    5. A THEORETICAL MODEL TO ORIENT NEWBIES
    6. GUIDANCE PROGRAMS
    7. CONCLUSION
  13. Chapter 7: Testing Strategies to Enhance Online Student Collaboration in a Problem-Based Learning Activity
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND: PROSPECTS AND PROBLEMS FOR ONLINE COMMUNICATION IN A LEARNING ACTIVITY
    4. RESEARCH CONTEXT: DESCRIPTION OF THE PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING ACTIVITY OVER 2001-2006
    5. RESEARCH APPROACH: STUDENT GROUPS AND DATA ANALYSIS
    6. RESEARCH RESULTS AND DISCUSSION
    7. SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS
    8. CONCLUSION
  14. Chapter 8: Considerations for Effective Collaborative Practice
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION AND CONTEXT OF THE STUDY
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. RECOMMENDATIONS
    5. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    6. CONCLUSION
  15. Chapter 9: Using the Four Lenses of Critical Reflection to Promote Collaboration and Support Creative Adaptations of Web 2.0 Tools in an Online Environment
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. THE HEART OF THE MATTER: USING THE FOUR LENSES OF CRITICAL REFLECTION
    5. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS AND CONCLUSION
  16. Chapter 10: Using Role Play and Team Teaching as Strategies to Add Depth to Online Discussion
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. CONTEXT OF THE STUDY
    4. EVALUATION METHOD AND DATA FROM THE FORMER EXPERIENCE
    5. EXPERIMENTAL REVISION OF THE COURSE
    6. DISCUSSION OF RESULTS
    7. CONCLUSION
  17. Chapter 11: Employing Collaborative Learning Strategies and Tools for Engaging University Students in Collaborative Study and Writing
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. THE CONTEXT OF THE COLLABORATIVE LEARNING EXPERIENCE
    5. THE CONCEPTUAL AND METHODOLOGICAL FRAMEWORK OF OUR APPROACH
    6. HOW TECHNOLOGY CAN SUPPORT COLLABORATION
    7. MONITORING AND ASSESSING THE COLLABORATIVE LEARNING EXPERIENCE
    8. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    9. CONCLUSION
  18. Chapter 12: The Role of CSCL Pedagogical Patterns as Mediating Artefacts for Repurposing Open Educational Resources
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. A MEDIATING ARTEFACTS FRAMEWORK FOR OER REPURPOSING
    4. TESTING THE FRAMEWORK THROUGH WORKSHOPS
    5. REFLECTION AND CONCLUSION
  19. Chapter 13: Teaching Routines to Enhance Collaboration Using Classroom Network Technology
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. TEACHING ROUTINES AS A TOOL FOR HELPING TEACHERS MAKE THE MOST OF CLASSROOM NETWORK TECHNOLOGIES
    5. TEACHING ROUTINES FOR GROUP SCRIBBLES
    6. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    7. CONCLUSION
  20. Chapter 14: Assessing the Performance of Learners Engaged in Computer-Supported Collaborative Problem-Solving Activities
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. INTERACTION ANALYSIS INDICATORS, TOOLS, AND TECHNIQUES IN CSCL
    4. PROPOSED STUDENT ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORK IN A CSCL ENVIRONMENT
    5. EVALUATION OF THE FRAMEWORK IN THE E-ARMA CSCL SCRIPT
    6. CONCLUSION AND FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
  21. Chapter 15: Implementing Computer-Interpretable CSCL Scripts with Embedded Assessment
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. DESIGN OF CSCL SCRIPTS WITH EMBEDDED ASSESSMENT
    4. CASE STUDY
    5. CONCLUSION
  22. Chapter 16: The Support of Virtual 3D Worlds for Enhancing Collaboration in Learning Settings
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. CASE STUDY I: GROUP LEARNING SUPPORT IN GEOGRAPHICAL DISPERSED ENVIRONMENTS
    5. CASE STUDY II: COLLABORATIVE VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT FOR PHYSICS EXPERIMENTS
    6. LESSONS LEARNED AND PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS
    7. SUMMARY AND FUTURE WORK
  23. Chapter 17: From Active Reading to Active Dialogue
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. THE DYNAMICS OF ONLINE DISCUSSION
    4. PROBLEMS OF EXISTING FORUMS
    5. MARGINALIA
    6. METHODOLOGY
    7. OBSERVATIONS FROM INITIAL TRIAL CLASSES
    8. FUTURE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
    9. CONCLUSION
  24. Chapter 18: Modeling, Enacting, Sharing and Reusing Online Collaborative Pedagogy with CeLS
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. BACKGROUND
    3. INTRODUCTION
    4. CELS APPROACH TO MODELING COLLABORATION SCRIPTS
    5. EXAMPLES
    6. BUILDING BLOCKS OF SPECIAL INTEREST
    7. IMPLEMENTATION
    8. SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION
  25. Compilation of References
  26. About the Contributors [