Promoting Online Student Collaboration Using a Problem-Based Scenario
Lars Leader, Lorraine Schmertzing, Valdosta State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Our on-going study offers an approach to promoting better collaborative effort within project groups. We presented to half of the students in online graduate research methods classes a scenario about an online student group encountering difficulties during collaboration. Those students who responded to the scenario, compared with students in the control group, developed a stronger belief that team project work was effective for the learning of the course content. They also proposed strategies for improving communication and responsibility for roles on the team. Responding to the scenario affected team projects, with significantly better quality projects from these teams compared with control-group teams.
Leader, L. & Schmertzing, L. (2008). Promoting Online Student Collaboration Using a Problem-Based Scenario. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3023-3026). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).