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Blogging as a virtual co-learning environment in the international course context

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of EDULEARN16 Conference
Subtitle of host publication8th international conference on education and new learning technologies
EditorsL Gómez Chova, A López Martínez, I Candel Torres
PublisherIATED Academy
Pages1383-1391
Number of pages9
Volume8
ISBN (Electronic) 978-84-608-8860-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2016
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies -
Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …

Publication series

NameEDULEARN Proceedings
PublisherIATED Academy
Volume8
ISSN (Electronic)2340-1117

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Period1/01/00 → …

Abstract

Co-learning, also known as collaborative learning, is a method of learning and teaching in which a team of learners together explore a significant question or create a meaningful project. A group of learners working together over the Internet on a shared assignment of creating a blog is an example of a virtual co-learning environment [1]. According to Järvenpää et al. [2], a virtual team member's trust in his/her team operates as a moderator, indirectly affecting the relationships between team communication and perceptual learning outcomes. Therefore, we first executed team-building exercises in virtual teams. Secondly, we instructed students to use blogging tools and create their own blog pages. Thirdly, we carried out a survey among students to assess the learning experiences in such a virtual co-learning environment. We have experimented with blogging as a co-learning environment among university students in the international course context. These experiments were conducted among a group of 39 students enrolled on an international knowledge management graduate course. We observed team building in virtual teams via team-building exercises [2]. We assessed the content of the blog pages and conducted a survey at the end of the course. In the paper, we discuss co-learning in virtual teams, introduce the results from the survey questionnaire and introduce live links to some sample blog pages.

Keywords

  • Blog, Virtual team, Co-learning, Learning Environment, Higher Education

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