Online Collaborative Learning: A Global Prospective
Monday, March 6 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Location: Bonnell
Presider: Jane Hunter, University of Technology Sydney, Australia, Australia
Abstract: The 21st century has brought about changes in every aspect of life through ubiquitous technology and Internet-based social media. Collaborative teaching and learning approaches are nevertheless gaining in popularity. Indeed, the education systems in several different countries have begun to integrate these skills into teaching and learning. Learning communities are part of many school experiences. However, collaborative learning is not a trivial challenge nor is it intuitive for all teachers and learners. One must acquire and practice the essential skills in order to successfully work in a team. Consequently it is essential to train teachers in collaborative teamwork, as they will serve as role models for students. In addition, new tools and practices become available at a rate that outpaces the abilities of many higher education institutions to adopt and implement. The Panel will discuss opportunities and challenges in online collaborative learning in a global world.