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Title:Using Etherpads as platforms for collaborative learning in a distance education LIS course
Author(s):Pymm, Bob; Hay, Lyn
Subject(s):distance education
online collaboration
group-based assessment
collaborative document sharing
human-computer interaction
Abstract:This poster presents findings of a scholarship in teaching project which explored the online collaborative learning experiences of distance education (DE) students undertaking an undergraduate information studies program in an Australian university. The School of Information Studies (SIS) at Charles Sturt University is a leader in the provision of library and information studies education by distance. A recent curriculum review of undergraduate and postgraduate courses resulted in greater integration of Web 2.0 technologies to support DE teaching and learning. This included the redesign of the collection management course which serves approximately 100 undergraduate students per year. The aim of this project was to encourage greater communication and collaboration between students in this course to address challenges of isolation and lack of student community reported by previous cohorts. The researchers found the use of Etherpad as a collaborative document sharing platform successfully supported group-based assessment tasks and the development of students’ skills in critical thinking and collaborative practice, leading to an enhanced DE learning experience.
Issue Date:2013-02
Citation Info:Pymm, B., & Hay, L. (2013). Using Etherpads as platforms for collaborative learning in a distance education LIS course. iConference 2013 Proceedings (pp. 965-970). doi:10.9776/13495
Genre:Conference Poster
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Rights Information:Copyright © 2013 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-02-03

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