Share Paper: Cooperative vs collaborative group work: educational use of social media and social connection for international students

  1. Jade Sleeman, La Trobe University, Australia
  2. Catherine Lang, La Trobe University, Australia
  3. Eva Dakich, La Trobe University, Australia
Thursday, June 28 12:00-12:20 PM Jordaan 2

Abstract: Group work is often employed in educational contexts for social learning benefits, such as co-construction of knowledge, as well as facilitating social connections within the classroom (C-M Zhao & Kuh, 2004) For international students, the social interactions that grow out of group assignments can positively influence learning and adjustment to the new cultural and educational context (Cruickshank, Chen, & Warren, 2012) However, in higher education, participation in group assignments is increasingly mediated by digital technologies, and as such may impact on the opportunities available for international students to make social connections with classmates Therefore, this study investigated the experiences of ...