Collaborative Learning in a Virtual Classroom: Highlights of findings

Starr Hiltz


Software to support teaching and learning activities was added to a computer mediated communications system to create a "virtual classroom." The goals included improving access to and effectiveness of college-level courses, particularly by facilitating collaborative learning. The process and outcomes were compared for sections of several courses taught in the traditional classroom, totally online, or in a mixed mode. On the average, the students reported that the virtual classroom provides a better learning experience.


Collaborative Learning, Computer Mediated Communication Systems


Using a pre and post course questionnaire major findings included convenience,
increased interest, involvement and motivation.
The qualitative outcomes of the study found that computer mediated courses woks better for well-motivated students.

APA Citation

Hiltz, S. R. (1988, January). Collaborative learning in a virtual classroom: Highlights of findings. In Proceedings of the 1988 ACM conference on Computer-supported cooperative work (pp. 282-290). ACM.

About the Study

Links to Article
Mode Technology-enhanced
Publication Type Conference Presentations/Contributions
In Publication Paper presented at the Computer Supported Cooperative Work Conference
Type of Research Mixed methods
Research Design Survey research (qualitative or quantitative)
Intervention/Areas of Study Course design
Level of Analysis Student-level
Specific Populations Examined Undergraduates
Peer-Reviewed Yes
Specific Institutional Characteristics of Interest
Specific Course or Program Characteristics
Outcome Variables of Interest Satisfaction
Student Sample Size
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