Does Technology-Mediated Learning Matter for Effective Teams?
Many research and studies have discussed the importance of understanding and measuring the effectiveness of technology-mediated learning initiatives. Most of the research analyses the effectiveness of such initiatives at the individual level [1, 2]. This research aims to provide insights on the effectiveness of technology-mediated learning (TML) when working in teams. In particular, we intend to investigate whether the usage of “new technologies” might have a beneficial impact on the activities of university students when organized as a team. The “new technologies” considered in the study belong to the following list: blog, e-learning platform, online encyclopaedia, e-mail, online word processing/spreadsheet/presentation software (e.g. Google Docs), smartphone, tablet, gaming console, Internet-connected TV, chat and/or VoIP, Wiki, social network and web hosting/syncing services (e.g. Dropbox). The first results of this research confirm our expectations. Technology allows teams of students to significantly improve their performances on all the dimensions considered.
KeywordsTechnology-mediated learning Team learning Enhancing learning processes
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