The Nature of Learner Interaction in Internet-Enhanced Collaboration: A Case Study in Freshmen English Class in Taiwan
Wednesday, June 29 10:00-10:30 AM Location: Pavilion Ballroom A
Abstract: This study explores learner interactions with the support of online resources in a collaborative writing task and how online resources assisted learners’ meaning-making process. 56 freshman students enrolled in the freshman English course at a national university in Taiwan participated in the study. Students constructed an essay in pairs in the two settings, without and with the Internet support. Each pair’s interactional discourse and dynamics of scaffolding across the two settings were examined. The findings suggest that learners’ collaboration predisposition at the onset played a critical role in the way online resources supported their interaction. Internet support also fostered various interaction characteristics in high, moderate, and low collaboration groups. This study portrays the interplay between learners’ collaborative patterns and their use of online resources, which may inform teachers seeking to integrate the Internet into their students’ collaborative learning.