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Advances in Web-Based Learning - ICWL 2003

Volume 2783 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 532-541

Exploring the Foundations of Practicing Online Collaboration

  • Ruth S. RaitmanAffiliated withSchool of Information Technology, Deakin University
  • , Wanlei ZhouAffiliated withSchool of Information Technology, Deakin University
  • , Paul NicholsonAffiliated withSchool of Information Technology, Deakin University

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Abstract

In collaborative learning, instruction is learner-centered rather than teacher-centered and knowledge is viewed as a social construct, facilitated by peer interaction, evaluation and mutual support [1]. Such computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL) enables and encourages learners to confer, reflect and help to develop meaningful learning in an environment where significant learning can be achieved through interactions supported by electronic communication and discourse [2]. This paper proposes a theory that supports educational collaboration in a peer-to-peer computing environment, thus blending the two disciplines.