Student Challenges in a Virtual Collaborative Learning Course Spanning Multiple Countries

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dc.contributor.author Wamuyu, Patrick Kanyi
dc.contributor.author Bulbulia, Zahra
dc.contributor.author Quilling, Rosemary
dc.contributor.author Blewett, Craig
dc.date.accessioned 2015-06-16T07:52:44Z
dc.date.available 2015-06-16T07:52:44Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.issn 1023-1757
dc.identifier.uri http://erepo.usiu.ac.ke/11732/309
dc.description A Journal article by Dr. Patrick Kanyi Wamuyu, a Lecturer at the School of Science and Technology in USIU- Africa en_US
dc.description.abstract Web 2.0 technologies have been instrumental in the development of a new collaborative learning space called Virtual Learning Environments. There are a variety of challenges in virtual learning environments, including team issues, technological problems and pedagogical practices. However these challenges can be broadly grouped into student challenges and lecturer challenges. Virtual Worlds such as Second Life (SL) and Social Learning Networks have provided many opportunities for lecturers to explore these challenges and ways of overcoming them. This study focuses on student challenges in these environments. In terms of the findings of this study, student responses were generally positive, with 77% of students finding international collaboration on their project beneficial. In addition, they report spending more time on the course and exerting more mental effort. They are satisfied with the organization and scaffolding of their learning but are still overwhelmingly dependent on campus computing resources, which is a limitation. The limitation points to the potential value of a beta-mindset approach supported by scaffolded learning. This research reports on the experiences and lessons learned during a virtual collaborative learning experience in an Honours module involving fourth year Information Systems and Technology students at both the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, and Applied Computer Science fourth year students from Daystar University in Kenya. The research was conducted in March and April 2010. This paper explores the academic, operational and technological challenges, from a student perspective. en_US
dc.publisher Alternation en_US
dc.subject Collaborative learning en_US
dc.subject Virtual learning environments en_US
dc.subject Virtual worlds en_US
dc.subject Multiple-country en_US
dc.subject Gen Y en_US
dc.subject beta-mindset en_US
dc.subject Scaffolded learning en_US
dc.subject Second Life en_US
dc.title Student Challenges in a Virtual Collaborative Learning Course Spanning Multiple Countries en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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