A Research Theme for Investigating the Effectiveness of Collaborative e-Learning in Higher Education

By Farhad Daneshgar, Christine Van Toorn and Babak Abedin.

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This paper provides a research theme for investigating the effectiveness of collaborative learning in online learning teams in university classrooms where substantial variations exist among students in terms of professional experiences, academic and socio/cultural backgrounds. The research theme is the result of a systematic investigation of the current literature, and deriving factors that were cited to affect student’s perception of the effectiveness of collaborative eLearning. The effectiveness of collaborative eLearning therefore is investigated from the student’s perspective. The outcome of the present study is a survey instrument to be administered to students. The ultimate goal of this study is to support the achievement of student’s graduate attributes by developing a generic survey for assessing the effectiveness of collaborative eLearning initially used by the Australian School of Business, and ultimately to be utilized by similar organizations.

Keywords: CSCL, Group Collaboration, e-Learning, Online Groups, CMC, Group Activities, Student’s Achievements

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp.373-384. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.278MB).

Dr. Farhad Daneshgar

Senior Lecturer, School of Information Systems, Technology and Management, University of New South Wales, Kensington, NSW, Australia

Dr. Farhad Daneshgar is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Information Systems, Technology, and Management (SISTM) at UNSW, Australia. Farhad is a member of the editorial board in three IS/KM Journals, and the leader of Knowledge Management Research Group at SISTM. He is the creator of the awareness net modelling language and his research interests include e-collaboration, Analysis and Design of Collaboration-Support Systems, Collaborative Learning, and Mass Customisation and has published extensively in these areas.

Christine Van Toorn

Lecturer & Director BIT/ISM Programs, School of Information Systems, Technology and Management, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Christine Van Toorn is a Lecturer and Director of the BIT and ISM Co-op Scholarship Programs in the School of Information Systems, Technology and Management (SISTM) at UNSW. Her commercial background is diverse and she has considerable experience across a wide variety of industries. Christine has a research masters degree from UNSW and her current research interests lie in the areas of knowledge management, eLearning and Collaborative Leaning, with particular emphasis in relation to human computer interaction. She has over 18 years of teaching experience at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels as well as the corporate sector. Christine has extensive industry experience in the fields of information systems, information technology and accounting, she is a CISA and a CPA member.

Babak Abedin

PhD Student, Information Systems, Technology & Management, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia


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