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Collaborative Learning: an Effective and Enjoyable Experience! A Successful Computer-Facilitated Environment for Tertiary Students PROCEEDINGS

, , , The University of Melbourne, Australia ; , The University of Melbourne,, Australia ; , , The University of Melbourne, Australia

EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology, in Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-40-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Abstract

We have developed a collaborative learning environment (CLE) as a student-centred
approach to lecture replacement, with a special focus on assisting students' learning of
difficult concepts. The majority of the program is structured around cost-efficient web-delivered
tutorials incorporating re-usable interactive components. These are supported by
several stand-alone computer-based learning tutorials including ones that we developed to
allow students to construct their own models of physiological mechanisms, together with
computer-facilitated semester-long investigative projects to enhance their communication and
critical reasoning skills. Each week for two hours during two semesters, students work in
groups of three with an iMac computer. The computer-facilitated tasks are designed to support
and extend their three weekly lectures by encouraging peer-learning and peer-teaching. In this
article, the successful attributes of this collaborative learning environment are described and
evaluated. In addition, relationships between the use of CLE and the students' approaches to
learning are being investigated.

Citation

Fritze, P., Kemm, R.E., Kavnoudias, H., Weaver, D., Stone, N. & Williams, N. (2000). Collaborative Learning: an Effective and Enjoyable Experience! A Successful Computer-Facilitated Environment for Tertiary Students. In J. Bourdeau & R. Heller (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2000 (pp. 44-55). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

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