Learning Together Apart

  • Anthony Kaye
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-77684-7_1

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 90)
Cite this paper as:
Kaye A. (1992) Learning Together Apart. In: Kaye A.R. (eds) Collaborative Learning Through Computer Conferencing. NATO ASI Series (Series F: Computer and Systems Sciences), vol 90. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


This paper defines collaborative learning as “individual learning occurring as a result of group process”, and examines some of the issues and problems in using computer-mediated communication (CMC) for collaborative learning. A number of typical applications of computer conferencing, in both the educational context (where learning is the explicit primary goal, as in a course or training programme) and the organisational context (where learning might be a desirable, but secondary, outcome of a task-oriented activity), are reviewed. The influences of social climate, a text-based asynchronous communication environment, and software design features, on the success or failure of CMC for collaborative learning are examined.


peer learning cooperative learning collaborative learning process loss organisational learning computer-mediated communication (CMC) shared space virtual seminar online classroom online games computer-supported writing distance education adjunct lecture-room adjunct education utility project group computer conferencing message organisational networking social climate software environment interface design groupware lexical density 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthony Kaye
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Educational TechnologyThe Open UniversityUK

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