Blogging as a virtual co-learning environment in the international course context

H. Aramo-Immonen, S. Ammirato, J. Jussila

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    Abstract

    Co-learning, also known as collaborative learning, is a method of learning and teaching in which a team of learners together explore a significant question or create a meaningful project. A group of learners working together over the Internet on a shared assignment of creating a blog is an example of a virtual co-learning environment [1]. According to Järvenpää et al. [2], a virtual team member's trust in his/her team operates as a moderator, indirectly affecting the relationships between team communication and perceptual learning outcomes. Therefore, we first executed team-building exercises in virtual teams. Secondly, we instructed students to use blogging tools and create their own blog pages. Thirdly, we carried out a survey among students to assess the learning experiences in such a virtual co-learning environment. We have experimented with blogging as a co-learning environment among university students in the international course context. These experiments were conducted among a group of 39 students enrolled on an international knowledge management graduate course. We observed team building in virtual teams via team-building exercises [2]. We assessed the content of the blog pages and conducted a survey at the end of the course. In the paper, we discuss co-learning in virtual teams, introduce the results from the survey questionnaire and introduce live links to some sample blog pages.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of EDULEARN16 Conference
    Subtitle of host publication8th international conference on education and new learning technologies
    EditorsL Gómez Chova, A López Martínez, I Candel Torres
    PublisherIATED Academy
    Pages1383-1391
    Number of pages9
    Volume8
    ISBN (Electronic) 978-84-608-8860-4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2016
    Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
    EventInternational Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies -
    Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …

    Publication series

    NameEDULEARN Proceedings
    PublisherIATED Academy
    Volume8
    ISSN (Electronic)2340-1117

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
    Period1/01/00 → …

    Keywords

    • Blog
    • Virtual team
    • Co-learning
    • Learning Environment
    • Higher Education

    Publication forum classification

    • Publication forum level 1

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