Workshop: Supporting groups in research-based learning processes with digital tools

ID: 52205 Type: Workshop
  1. Victoria I. Marín Juarros, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Germany

Monday, June 25 9:30 AM-1:00 PM

Research-based learning is a learning format that requires the active participation of learners in self-directed processes of learning and cooperation under the guidance and scaffolding of teachers/tutors/facilitators. The use of digital media in research-based teaching and learning offers new possibilities for enhancing the self-directed learning both in individual and group facets. It also enables the development of key competences, such as information competence, ability for self-organization or the competence for solving problems, and it empowers social learning. Taking into considerations these benefits, this workshop aims to offer a broad view of the educational possibilities of digital tools for research-based learning group processes, in order to increase effective collaboration among groups, beyond physical constraints. Therefore, within the frame of the workshop, different digital tools from a range of categories (e.g. collaborative annotation, collaborative writing, pinboards, mind and concept mapping) will be explored and analyzed. After that, the participants will develop and present a brief research-based learning proposal by including some of those tools and provide feedback to the proposals of other participants. All the proposals will be collected, to share ideas among the participants.


- Identify and reflect on the educational possibilities of digital tools to enhance research-based learning group processes. - Design a brief research-based learning proposal for a didactic application with one or more digital tools. - Share ideas for the use of digital media for research-based learning processes.

Topical Outline

1. Collaboration in research-based Learning. - Brief description of what research-based learning is. - Levels/stages of research-based learning. - The phases of the research-based learning. - Individual and group research-based learning processes. - Basis of collaborative learning. 2. Digital media and research-based learning. - Justification and interest of using digital media in research-based learning processes. - Possibilities of digital media connected to research-based learning. - Collaboration and digital media in research-based learning. - Overview of digital tools to support research-based learning phases. - Examples/ideas of use of digital tools in research-based learning processes. - Use and analysis of tools per category. Possible didactic uses, advantages and disadvantages, and critical remarks. i.Collaborative annotation tools ii. Mindmapping and concept mapping tools iii. Pinboard tools iv. Collaborative writing tools v. Voting tools vi. Group management tools vii. Collaborative curation 3. Didactic application of digital tools for collaboration in research-based learning. - Learning design ideas for the proposal. - Draft of a proposal for didactic application. - Peer feedback on proposals. - Collection of shared designs: example of ideas.


Basic Internet user skills are expected. The participants should bring their own laptops to work in the workshop (BYOD). Audience: Teachers and educators interested in research-based learning processes, but also PhD students and educational researchers interested in eDidactics.

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Victoria Marín works as Research Associate in the Institute of Pedagogy at the University of Oldenburg (Germany) since 2016, concretely in the topic of eDidactics of the Project "Forschungsbasiertes Lernen im Fokus plus" (FLiF+) regarding research-based learning in teaching. She holds a PhD in Educational Technology by the University of the Balearic Islands (Spain) since 2014. Previously she obtained her Master’s Degree in Educational Technology and her Degree in Pedagogy in the same university. Before 2016, she worked as Associate Lecturer and Researcher in the Educational Technology Group at the University of the Balearic Islands.


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