This paper outlines the research methodology and findings of a unit development project on an online collaborative learning component, for a first year Bachelor of Education course run in 2001, at the University of New England. The original premise for the project was that the application of activity based processes that required students to participate with one another in focussed discussions on a bulletin board, would result in improved outcomes for student learning. Also, this planned approach to the use of collaborative learning activities on bulletin boards was designed to allow the teacher to adopt the role of facilitator rather than the constant monitor which is becoming all too prevalent.

Link: Evaluating online collaborative learning: A case study in increasing student participation. [PDF]

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