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Emergent-Collaboration in Web-Supported Academic Courses.

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Emergent-collaboration is the process by which group configurations and transactional patterns evolve among participants during the course of learning. This study focused on the integration of a Web shell for supporting emergent-collaboration activities in 6 graduate courses (115 students) in the Tel-Aviv University School of Education. The research questions addressed the didactic modes that have been devised for supporting emergent-collaboration learning processes, and the extent of participation of students and teachers in Web-supported emergent-collaboration learning processes. Quantitative and qualitative data regarding different modes of collaboration are presented. The results indicate that the use of the technology affected learning and teaching processes in significant ways, increasing the students' participation and involvement in the courses, supporting a wide range of transactional modes, and contributing to the groups' social climate and collaborative work. (Author/AEF)

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Author:Nachmias, R.; Mioduser, D.; Oren, A.; Ram, J.
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Date:Jan 1, 2001
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