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Online Group Work: Yeah or Nay? Student-Generated Suggestions for Online Collaboration

, University of West Georgia, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Amsterdam, Netherlands Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


Group collaboration has existed since the beginning of our history as human species, and it is embedded in all aspects of our society. Men and women continue to work together to solve problems and to learn from each other. Group work in learning environments is a common practice and not surprisingly, collaboration is listed as one of the essential 21st century skills that students must have to succeed in this increasingly globalized society. In the online learning environment, group work has often offered a challenge to both instructors and students alike. Frequently, online instructors require students to work in groups as a way to alleviate the lack of human interaction that frequently accompanies courses delivered in an online format, but this exercise arises unique challenges that must be addressed early in the course; otherwise can become a source of frustration.
In an attempt to discover students’ perspectives regarding group work, a quantitative study was designed and conducted throughout Spring 2016-2017 in a University in the South of United States of America.


D' Alba, A. (2018). Online Group Work: Yeah or Nay? Student-Generated Suggestions for Online Collaboration. In T. Bastiaens, J. Van Braak, M. Brown, L. Cantoni, M. Castro, R. Christensen, G. Davidson-Shivers, K. DePryck, M. Ebner, M. Fominykh, C. Fulford, S. Hatzipanagos, G. Knezek, K. Kreijns, G. Marks, E. Sointu, E. Korsgaard Sorensen, J. Viteli, J. Voogt, P. Weber, E. Weippl & O. Zawacki-Richter (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 2084-2088). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved February 19, 2019 from .

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