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  • The introduction to CMCL
  • Authentic CMCL

    1. 1. Authentic Online Collaborative Learning A Need for a Comprehensive Study Long V Nguyen Massey University
    2. 2. <ul><li>Definitions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Computer mediated communication (CMC) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Computer mediated collaborative learning (CMCL) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research on CMCL in general education </li></ul><ul><li>Research on CMCL in language education </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>Outline
    3. 3. Definitions <ul><li>Collaborative learning (CL): a process in which participants are collectively responsible for developing knowledge through structured activities, and in which the instructor’s role is to facilitate and co-participate in the learning process (Nunan, 1992). </li></ul><ul><li>In CL , </li></ul><ul><li>learning as a social process rather than restrained within an individual. </li></ul><ul><li>social interaction as a means of knowledge construction (McInnerney & Roberts, 2004). </li></ul><ul><li>the teacher as a facilitator and the learners as active participants (Lamy & Hampel, 2007). </li></ul>
    4. 4. Definitions Cooperative learning Collaborative learning (Lamy & Hampel, 2007; P. M. Nguyen et al., 2005; Oxford, 1997) Enhances cognitive and social skills Purpose Acculturates learners into knowledge community Higher Degree of structure Lower Lower levels/algorithmic Skills Higher levels/synthesis Well-structured Tasks Ill-structured Teacher facilitates, but group is primary Relationships Learners engage with more capable peers who provide assistance and guidance  ================================================ 
    5. 5. <ul><li>Computer mediated communication (CMC) : “ the process by which people create, exchange, and perceive information using networked telecommunications systems that facilitate encoding, transmitting, and decoding messages” (December, 1996).  Luppicini (2007); Herring (2001); Warschauer (1999). </li></ul><ul><li>Socioculturally, “ CMC is not just a tool. It is at once technology, medium, and engine of social interactions. It not only structures social relations, it is the space within which the relations occur and the tool that individuals use to enter that space ” (Jones, 1995, p. 16).  Chapelle (2001); Kern & Warschauer (2000); Thorne (2008). </li></ul>Definitions
    6. 6. Definitions Websites Email Blogs Wikis Chat SMS  ===========================================================  Product-oriented Process-oriented CMC Aural Textual Visual Asynchronous Synchronous
    7. 7. <ul><li>Collaborative learning </li></ul>Definitions Computer mediated communication Computer mediated collaborative learning +
    8. 8. <ul><li>Research has offered various reasons for growing popularity of CMCL in education (De Lisi and Golbeck, 1999): </li></ul><ul><li>It is a move away from the traditional teaching-learning, in favour of sociocultural approaches that emphasise discovery learning and view knowledge as the product of social activity. </li></ul><ul><li>Learning how to work cooperatively prepares students for life after school in the workplace and in communities. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology provides enhanced opportunities for students to work together in both asynchronous and synchronous modes. </li></ul>Research on CMCL in education
    9. 9. Research on CMCL in education <ul><li>Educational benefits of CMCL informed from research </li></ul><ul><li>Critical thinking skills </li></ul><ul><li>Active participation </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Social support system </li></ul><ul><li>Positive atmosphere </li></ul><ul><li>Developing learning communities </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing self esteem </li></ul><ul><li>Reducing anxiety </li></ul><ul><li>positive learning attitudes </li></ul>Psychological Social Academic
    10. 10. Research on CMCL in education <ul><li>Three critical attributes have been identified in collaborative learning ( Ingram and Hathorn, 2004) : </li></ul><ul><li>Interdependence … of individuals in the group as they work towards the common goal. </li></ul><ul><li>Synthesis of information …. among individuals in the group. </li></ul><ul><li>Independence …. of the teacher. </li></ul><ul><li>Issue : how can we measure the amount of collaboration based on the three elements? </li></ul>
    11. 11. Research on CMCL in education <ul><li>The three elements being operationalised into component s of participation , interaction , and idea synthesis of the collaborative group. </li></ul>Active? Roughly equal? Teacher’s involvement? Interdependence Teacher’s involvement? On-task or off-task? Patterns of discussion: a  b  c … Peer feedback  final product? Independence Synthesis Participation Interaction Synthesis of information
    12. 12. <ul><li>CMC is consistently proved to have the role of </li></ul><ul><li>equalizing participation , </li></ul><ul><li>fostering greater participation , and </li></ul><ul><li>liberating the minorities </li></ul><ul><li>Due to the nature of </li></ul><ul><li>Text-based (Honeycutt, 2001; Warschauer, 1996) </li></ul><ul><li>No gestures, facial expressions , or other general social cues  less shyness and anxiety (Kern, 1995; Lee, 2002; Smith, 2003) </li></ul><ul><li>more varied modes of interactions (Kitade, 2000) </li></ul>Research on CMCL in language education Several studies on Participation
    13. 13. <ul><li>Participation  interaction  Collaboration (Z. I. Abrams, 2005; Kitade, 2000; Lee, 2004; Pellettieri, 2000; White, 2003) </li></ul><ul><li>Darhover (2002) identified six features of online interaction: intersubjectivity, off-task discussion, greetings and leave-takings, identity exploration and role play, humour and sarcasm, and use of the L1. </li></ul><ul><li>Kitade (2000) revealed three salient distinctive CMC-based interactional features: no turn-taking competition, text-based interaction, and a lack of nonverbal cues . </li></ul><ul><li> positive conditions for self-correction, others’ initiated corrections, and meaning negotiation. </li></ul>Research on CMCL in language education Several studies on Interaction
    14. 14. <ul><li>Peer review (peer response, peer feedback, or peer editing): </li></ul><ul><li>enhances a sense of audience; </li></ul><ul><li>raises learners’ awareness of strength and weakness; </li></ul><ul><li>encourages collaborative learning through evaluating and editing each others’ works (Lantolf & Thorne, 2007; Tsui & Ng, 2000) </li></ul><ul><li> The final step of collaborative learning </li></ul><ul><li>Liu and Saddler (2003): CMC students had a much larger percentage of editing and comments than the traditional peer response group. </li></ul><ul><li>Honeycutt (2001): email and chat can aid in the acquisition of collaborative peer review competence in different, yet complementary, ways. </li></ul>Research on CMCL in language education Synthesis of information
    15. 15. Conclusion <ul><li>Evidence from CMCL in language education: </li></ul><ul><li>Increased and equalised participation ? YES </li></ul><ul><li> Increasing language output </li></ul><ul><li>Potentials of interaction ? YES </li></ul><ul><li>But, no thorough comparison with face-to-face; nor combining various modes of CMC in one study. </li></ul><ul><li>Synthesis of information ? </li></ul><ul><li> No research found, though online peer feedback proves to be positive. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Future Comprehensive Research <ul><li>Future studies on CMCL may be required to include 3 C s </li></ul><ul><li>Cover all three components of collaborative learning </li></ul><ul><li>Compare with face-to-face modality </li></ul><ul><li>Combine various modes of CMC (each mode possessing particular characteristics complementing each other) </li></ul>
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