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Students’ confidence and perceived value for participating in cross-cultural wiki-based collaborations

  • Peggy A. ErtmerEmail author
  • Timothy J. Newby
  • Wei Liu
  • Annette Tomory
  • Ji Hyun Yu
  • Young Mi Lee
Research Article

Abstract

An international wiki-based collaboration was integrated into a large introductory educational technology course enrolling 346 students, divided into 43 teams. Student teams participated in a 5-week project in which they created wiki chapters about the educational uses of specific Web 2.0 tools. Two to four international students, located in their home countries, participated on each team, collaborating via the evolving wiki, as well as other Web 2.0 tools. Using expectancy-value as our motivational framework, we gathered pre- and post-survey data, triangulated with focus group interview data, to examine changes in students’ confidence and perceived value for using these tools to facilitate international collaborations. Survey results showed significant changes in confidence and perceived value, while qualitative results provided insights into students’ perceptions of critical project components. We discuss students’ perceptions of project barriers as well as the strategies they implemented to achieve success.

Keywords

Web 2.0 Motivation Pre-service teachers International collaboration 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peggy A. Ertmer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Timothy J. Newby
    • 1
  • Wei Liu
    • 1
  • Annette Tomory
    • 1
  • Ji Hyun Yu
    • 1
  • Young Mi Lee
    • 1
  1. 1.Purdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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