Collaborative and Individual Learning - Mixing the Two

Richard Alterman, Kendall Harsch


What is the right mix of individual and collaborative learning? This position paper will explore how online platforms can mix the two approaches, addressing problems inherent to each while increasing the learning. Approaches to collaborative learning can be differentiated by the type of coordination that is required, either tight or loose (Alterman and Larusson, 2013). Tightly coordinated learning tends to be more collaborative and loosely coordinated activities have more of an individual orientation. Modifying platforms of either extreme can achieve better balance between the individual and collaborative features of a learning activity. Heuristics are presented that support these kinds of transformations; blog and wiki-based platforms are used to ground the discussion. Also considered is the sequence of learning and how mixed platforms better prepare students for future learning.


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Paper Citation

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Alterman R. and Harsch K. (2015). Collaborative and Individual Learning - Mixing the Two . In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU, ISBN 978-989-758-107-6, pages 411-417. DOI: 10.5220/0005476504110417

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author={Richard Alterman and Kendall Harsch},
title={Collaborative and Individual Learning - Mixing the Two},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU,},

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JO - Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU,
TI - Collaborative and Individual Learning - Mixing the Two
SN - 978-989-758-107-6
AU - Alterman R.
AU - Harsch K.
PY - 2015
SP - 411
EP - 417
DO - 10.5220/0005476504110417