Emerging Global Learning Environments: The Role of Communication and Collaboration in Higher Education Settings
Ahmed Alanazi, Ronald Aust, University of Kansas, United States ; Allen Quesada, University of Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Austin, TX, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-27-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Abstract: This qualitative study investigates students’ usage of media-rich communication methods in online collaborative learning environments using both asynchronous and synchronous technologies. It focuses on the advantages, disadvantages, and challenges students encountered. The findings suggest global online tools facilitate communication by helping students overcome the geographical, temporal, and cultural barriers they may encounter. Media-lean asynchronous communication accommodates students’ busy lifestyles, meanwhile enhancing, enriching, and expanding the content. Conversely, media-rich synchronous communication allows students to have a greater social presence, encouraging engagement in active learning environments as well as enhancing intercultural understanding and non-verbal communication. This presentation discusses the role of media richness and communication strategies, participants’ experiences, and implications in online collaborative learning environments.
Alanazi, A., Aust, R. & Quesada, A. (2017). Emerging Global Learning Environments: The Role of Communication and Collaboration in Higher Education Settings. In P. Resta & S. Smith (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 597-601). Austin, TX, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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