The interpersonal interaction in computer-support collaborative learning research : a case study on Web CL platform of Renmin University of China

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The interpersonal interaction in computer-support collaborative learning research : a case study on Web CL platform of Renmin University of China

 

Author: Song, Moxi
Title: The interpersonal interaction in computer-support collaborative learning research : a case study on Web CL platform of Renmin University of China
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2011
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Internet in higher education.
Team learning approach in education
Computer-assisted instruction
Department: Dept. of Computing
Pages: 117 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm.
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b2426840
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/6033
Abstract: In the contemporary society, the ability to work as part of a team and to coordinate the efforts of a team is becoming more important to the advancement of knowledge and the success of the employee in any job. To make well preparation for students in the real environment, the educational institutions have the responsibility to promote collaborative learning, thereby enhancing the ability of collaboration. The learning theory of constructivism indicates that, the success of collaborative learning depends on whether the interpersonal interaction among the group members is adequate. With the strong interactive function, the web provides the effective communication platform for distance learners to learn collaboratively. However, the positive benefits do not happen automatically in a virtual collaborative learning environment. They call for sound instructional design. This report focuses on the interpersonal interaction in collaborative learning process. Based on the case study of the web-based collaborative learning (Web CL) platform which were designed and implemented by the School of Online Learning of Renmin University of China (CMR), we selected the discussion forum of the undergraduate web course "Dream of the Red Chamber" ("紅樓夢研究") as the research simple and the students who selected the course and the instructor of the course as the respondents. We investigate the "interactive factors" which we assumed may influence the students' performance of interaction, then specifically evaluate the current situation of the "interactive factors" in the discussion forum and definite its weaknesses of interaction, finally put forward the enhancing strategies referring to the weaknesses. The report exploited the observation, and questionnaire survey method to acquire the quantitative and qualitative data and use content analysis, correlation and regression method to do deeper data mining.

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