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Collaborative Learning at Engineering Universities: Benefits and Challenges ARTICLE

, , , National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University ; , Newcastle University ; , , National Research Tomsk State University

iJET Volume 13, Number 1, ISSN 1863-0383 Publisher: International Association of Online Engineering, Kassel, Germany


This paper concerns the cutting edge educational approaches incorporated into syllabuses of the most progressive Russian higher technical schools. The authors discuss one of the active methods in teaching foreign languages \u2013 collaborative learning implemented in e-courses. Theoretical and historical aspects of this approach are addressed, as are its suitability for engineering education and possible ways of introducing collaborative learning into e-courses. Collaborative learning technology offers wide prospects for teachers of foreign languages as it enables the use of various patterns of interaction, promotes discussion, opinion exchange, peer assessment and building an e-learning community, fosters the development of e-culture and netiquette, and prepares future specialists for work in their professional sphere under the new conditions imposed by society\u2019s technological and cultural development. This paper describes real pedagogical experience of teaching English to students using the platform Moodle, focusing on the capacity of different Moodle instruments for designing group work tasks. Recommendations are given for their usage and the results of implementing a collaborative learning approach into certain e-courses offered at Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) are presented.


Sumtsova, O., Aikina, T., Bolsunovskaya, L., Phillips, C., Zubkova, O. & Mitchell, P. (2018). Collaborative Learning at Engineering Universities: Benefits and Challenges. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET), 13(1), 160-177. Kassel, Germany: International Association of Online Engineering. Retrieved August 19, 2018 from .


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