Online Collaborative Learning: A Global Prospective

ID: 50212 Type: Panel
  1. Miri Shonfeld, MOFET, Israel
  2. David Gibson, Curtin University, Australia
  3. Dalit Levy and Tami Seifert, Kibbutzim College of Education, Israel
  4. Noga Magen, Gordon Acdemy, Israel
  5. Paul Resta, The University of Texas at Austin, United States
  6. Roger Austin, University of Ulster, Ireland

Monday, March 6 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Location: Bonnell View on map

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.


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