Making Online Teams Work



Contemporary graduates are expected to be adept at working collaboratively; however, enabling students to acquire the necessary skills is particularly challenging in an online context. This study uses empirical research involving tutor and tutor perspectives to investigate barriers to successful online team work. Poor group dynamics are frequently an area of concern for students and this study analysed written communication between group members when solving puzzles. The results led us to propose that, in the online environment, tutors and students need time, opportunity and motivation to adopt the social constructionist approach, rather than relying on the information transmission model. We conclude by emphasizing that, in any teaching model, strategic planning should include resources to nurture collaborative skills for students and their tutors.


Collaboration Online teamworking Online teams Social constructionism Online teaching Online learning 


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  1. 1.School of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Social SciencesOpen UniversityMilton KeynesUK

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