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Collaborative learning in the online environment: Student perceptions of the learning experience

Christopher Brook
PhD student, Edith Cowan University
Ron Oliver
Faculty of Communications, Health and Science, Edith Cowan University
This paper investigates student responses to collaborative learning activities in the online learning environment, where the principles of collaborative learning are considered as key instructional strategies. In particular, this paper explores student perceptions of the learning experience as a result of engaging in instructor initiated collaborative activities. The paper discusses the benefits of collaborative learning identified in contemporary literature. In addition it reports a case study that sought to identify the nature of collaborative activities employed by the instructor, the manner in which students respond to these activities and student perceptions of the learning experience resulting from engaging in these activities.
Please cite as: Brook, C. and Oliver, R. (2003). Collaborative learning in the online environment: Student perceptions of the learning experience. In Partners in Learning. Proceedings of the 12th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 11-12 February 2003. Perth: Edith Cowan University. http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2003/abstracts/brook1-abs.html


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