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Collaborative learning using group work concepts for online teaching

Chapter


Abstract


  • This chapter examines the concept of collaborative learning and its theoretical and practical foundations. Collaborative learning takes place in a structured social situation where a group of students work as a team to assist each other with learning tasks. The instructional strategies encourage student to student interactions. Drawing on group work skills, collaborative learning has been demonstrated to be effective in a variety of learning situations. Development of a variety of Internet technologies such as communication tools, emails, discussion forums, video and audio tools together with webcasting allow collaborative teaching strategies to be used creatively in online learning. The authors have trialed the use of various technologies in the human services and several case examples of online collaborative learning are provided. These case studies cover activities such as supervision and controversial issues in social work ethics. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the future directions and the challenges this poses for traditional classroom teaching. © 2010, IGI Global.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Cooper, L., & Burford, S. (2009). Collaborative learning using group work concepts for online teaching. In Information Communication Technologies for Human Services Education and Delivery: Concepts and Cases (pp. 37-52). doi:10.4018/978-1-60566-735-5.ch003

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781605667355

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84899301141

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Information Communication Technologies for Human Services Education and Delivery: Concepts and Cases

Start Page


  • 37

End Page


  • 52

Abstract


  • This chapter examines the concept of collaborative learning and its theoretical and practical foundations. Collaborative learning takes place in a structured social situation where a group of students work as a team to assist each other with learning tasks. The instructional strategies encourage student to student interactions. Drawing on group work skills, collaborative learning has been demonstrated to be effective in a variety of learning situations. Development of a variety of Internet technologies such as communication tools, emails, discussion forums, video and audio tools together with webcasting allow collaborative teaching strategies to be used creatively in online learning. The authors have trialed the use of various technologies in the human services and several case examples of online collaborative learning are provided. These case studies cover activities such as supervision and controversial issues in social work ethics. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the future directions and the challenges this poses for traditional classroom teaching. © 2010, IGI Global.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Cooper, L., & Burford, S. (2009). Collaborative learning using group work concepts for online teaching. In Information Communication Technologies for Human Services Education and Delivery: Concepts and Cases (pp. 37-52). doi:10.4018/978-1-60566-735-5.ch003

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781605667355

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84899301141

Web Of Science Accession Number


Book Title


  • Information Communication Technologies for Human Services Education and Delivery: Concepts and Cases

Start Page


  • 37

End Page


  • 52