AusWeb 97 Third Australian World Wide Web Conference

Online Collaboration for Learning:
A Case Study of a Post Graduate University Course


Shirley Agostinho, Ph.D. Candidate, Faculty of Education, University of Wollongong, NSW 2522 shirley_agostinho@uow.edu.au

Geraldine Lefoe, Education Consultant, Centre for Educational Development and Interactive Resources, University of Wollongong, NSW 2522 geraldine_lefoe@uow.edu.au

John Hedberg, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Wollongong, NSW 2522 john_hedberg@uow.edu.au


Keywords

World Wide Web, collaborative learning, computer mediated communication, technology-based learning, problem-based learning, constructivism.

Abstract

This paper describes how the World Wide Web was used in the implementation of a post graduate course. The interactions that took place amongst the students and between students and instructor illustrate how collaborative learning and problem solving can be supported by the Web. Of special note, the course content focused on technology-based learning thus allowing the students to be immersed in an authentic learning environment while undertaking the course. This paper describes the course strategy and discusses several examples which illustrate the varied strategies used by students to facilitate the problem solving process. On the basis of the case studies and examples, several resulting guidelines for pursuing online collaboration are discussed.


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AusWeb97 Third Australian World Wide Web Conference, 5-9 July 1997, Southern Cross University, PO Box 157, Lismore NSW 2480, Australia Email: AusWeb97@scu.edu.au