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Improving Collaborative Learning by Supporting Casual Encounters in Distance Learning
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, , Centro de Investigación Científica y Educación Superior de Ensenada ; , Universidad de Castilla la Mancha ; , Centro de Investigación Científica y Educación Superior de Ensenada

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, ISBN 978-1-880094-37-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Casual encounters, in a learning environment, are very useful in reinforcing previous knowledge and acquiring new knowledge. Such encounters are very common in traditional learning environments and can be used successfully in social environments, in which students can discover and construct knowledge through a process of dialogue, negotiation or sharing. In the context of these casual encounters we developed a system that informs the user who accesses a web site of the presence of other participants and the messages they have exchanged with each other in order to interact with other people reading course-related documents within the site at the same time. The system will be used in a distance education class in collaboration between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC), and the Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE).

Citation

Contreras, J., Llamas, R., Vizcaíno, A. & Favela, J. (2000). Improving Collaborative Learning by Supporting Casual Encounters in Distance Learning. In D. Willis, J. Price & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2000--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 136-142). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved January 29, 2020 from .

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