13. Learning Together Virtually

  1. Ruth Colvin Clark and
  2. Richard E. Mayer

Published Online: 4 JAN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118255971.ch13

e-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning, Third Edition

e-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning, Third Edition

How to Cite

Clark, R. C. and Mayer, R. E. (2011) Learning Together Virtually, in e-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning, Third Edition, Pfeiffer, San Francisco, CA, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118255971.ch13

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 JAN 2012
  2. Published Print: 1 AUG 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470874301

Online ISBN: 9781118255971

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Keywords:

  • collaborative learning;
  • computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL);
  • face-to-face environments;
  • outcome goals;
  • social interdependence;
  • team assignment

Summary

In this chapter, the authors update the evidence on collaborative learning in face-to-face environments as well as via computer-supported collaboration. Research on collaborative learning in a face-to-face environment has a history of over sixty years and offers some lessons learned that can be applied to computer collaboration. The general consensus is that collaborative learning has excellent potential to improve individual learning. The chapter explains certain important criteria that will maximize the potential benefits of collaborative learning. These include social interdependence, outcome goals and quality of collaborative dialog. The chapter reviews some proven methods to leverage collaboration in learning. It offers some snapshots of research on CSCL. The nature of the team assignment as well as assigned team roles will influence the effectiveness of the collaboration.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

Collaboration applications; e-Learning