Exploring the Foundations of Practicing Online Collaboration

  • Ruth S. Raitman
  • Wanlei Zhou
  • Paul Nicholson
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2783)


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.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruth S. Raitman
    • 1
  • Wanlei Zhou
    • 1
  • Paul Nicholson
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Information TechnologyDeakin UniversityBurwoodAustralia

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