Learning with

Authored by: Gila Kurtz , Hagit Meishar-Tal , Efrat Pieterse

Handbook of Design in Educational Technology

Print publication date:  July  2013
Online publication date:  June  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415807340
eBook ISBN: 9780203075227
Adobe ISBN: 9781135118969


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Though interaction is a critical component of the online learning process, it is a challenging task to promote an effective interaction that serves the collaborative educational process. Studies conducted on the use of course sites in higher education show that the use of these environments is usually limited to a one-way mediated communication from the professors to students by posting course materials and announcements (Coats, James, & Baldwin, 2005, Nachmias & Ram, 2009, Shemla & Nachmias, 2007). These studies suggest that course sites are usually used in an instructor-led lecture-based format and less in innovative ways, engaging students in collaborative activities and knowledge building through interpersonal interaction. The reasons for that phenomenon is partly related to the instructors’ competencies and pedagogical background, and partly to the course site structure and the way it influences the learning dynamics occurring within its boundaries (Dillenbourg, Schneider, & Synteta, 2002).

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