Supporting Learning Groups in Online Learning Environment

Godfrey Mayende, Andreas Prinz, Ghislain Maurice N. Isabwe, Paul Birevu Muyinda


In this paper, we report on the initial findings on how to effectively support learning groups in online learning environments. Based on the idea that learning groups can enhance effective learning in online learning environments, we used qualitative research methods to study learning groups (interviews and observation of learning group interactions in online learning environments) and their facilitators. Preliminary results reveal that in order to have effective learning groups you need to take care of the following online design issues: develop comprehensive study guides, train online tutors, motivate learners through feedback, and foster high cognitive levels of interaction through questioning, rubrics, and peer assessment. We conclude that well thought through online learning group with appropriate questioning and feedback from facilitators and online tutors can enhance meaningful interaction and learning.


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Paper Citation

in Harvard Style

Mayende G., Prinz A., Maurice N. Isabwe G. and Birevu Muyinda P. (2015). Supporting Learning Groups in Online Learning Environment . In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU, ISBN 978-989-758-108-3, pages 390-396. DOI: 10.5220/0005433903900396

in Bibtex Style

author={Godfrey Mayende and Andreas Prinz and Ghislain Maurice N. Isabwe and Paul Birevu Muyinda},
title={Supporting Learning Groups in Online Learning Environment},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU,},

in EndNote Style

JO - Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU,
TI - Supporting Learning Groups in Online Learning Environment
SN - 978-989-758-108-3
AU - Mayende G.
AU - Prinz A.
AU - Maurice N. Isabwe G.
AU - Birevu Muyinda P.
PY - 2015
SP - 390
EP - 396
DO - 10.5220/0005433903900396