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.
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.
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|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|
|Specific Institutional Characteristics of Interest|
|Specific Course or Program Characteristics|
|Outcome Variables of Interest||Satisfaction|
|Student Sample Size|