سال انتشار: ۱۳۸۵
محل انتشار: دوازدهمین کنفرانس سالانه انجمن کامپیوتر ایران
تعداد صفحات: ۴
Farhang Arab sheibani – Ai & Robotic Laboratory, Department of Computer Engineering, University of Shahid Bahonar, Shiraz, Iran
Feridoon Arab sheibani – Ai & Robotic Laboratory, Department of Computer Engineering, University of Shahid Bahonar, Shiraz, Iran
Mohammad Reza Rezaie – Ai & Robotic Laboratory, Department of Computer Engineering, University of Shahid Bahonar, Shiraz, Iran
This paper presents a report on research carried out in the field of networked collaborative learning. In particular, we present a theory/model-based approach applied to a distance education course that is developed and taught in a virtual learning environment. In this educational practice, our objective has been twofold: first, to improve distance teaching and learning, and second, to facilitate social interaction among students and between tutor and students via the Web. To that end, our research approach has been based on the following actions: First, we analysed the goals, needs, expectations and preferences of our students, based on a previous pilot experience on distance collaborative learning, in order to understand what is actually happening in networked learning when collaboration becomes an integrated part of the whole learning process. Second, we proceeded to the design, development and implementation of a new pedagogical practice, called Virtual Study
Group, to encourage and enhance learning through collaborative construction of knowledge and reflective interaction which contribute to a deeper understanding of the course contents. The paper focuses mainly on the latter. Finally, we provide a critical analysis and evaluation of the outcomes of this experience and of the many issues arising from applying this collaborative pedagogical practice to a virtual learning environment.