Volume 11

V11 N3 Pages 42-51

June 2013

Collaborative learning in online courses: Exploring students' perceptions

Silvana Faja
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093, USA

Abstract: Virtual collaborative activities have the potential to keep students engaged, create a sense of community in online courses and allow them to experience and practice virtual teamwork skills. This study presents an attempt to explore students’ perceptions of online collaborative learning involving both process and product oriented activities. The online collaborative activities were used in the context of a Management Information Systems course. Results showed that perceived structure of the collaborating activity and peer interaction that takes place during the activity are positively related to perceived learning. Peer interaction and perceived learning were also related to satisfaction with the course.

Keywords: Collaborative Learning, learning community, online learning, peer interaction, virtual teamwork

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Recommended Citation: Faja, S. (2013). Collaborative learning in online courses: Exploring students' perceptions. Information Systems Education Journal, 11(3) pp 42-51. http://isedj.org/2013-11/ ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2012)