Zygouris-Coe, Vicky
January 2012
ICICTE 2012 Proceedings;2012, p332
Conference Proceeding
Online learning is a common learning option for millions of students in the USA and around the world. Although online courses predominantly include independent work, collaboration can play a very valuable role in online learning. Online collaboration promotes problem-solving and critical thinking skills, facilitates the development of a professional learning community, and supports student learning via interactions and co-construction of knowledge with others. This paper presents design element guidelines, benefits and challenges associated with collaborative learning tasks in online teacher education courses. It focuses on the role of collaborative learning for developing 21st century skills with preservice and in-service teachers.


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