Roberts, T. S., & McInnerney, J. M. (2007). Seven Problems of Online Group Learning (and Their Solutions). Educational Technology & Society, 10 (4), 257-268.


Seven Problems of Online Group Learning (and Their Solutions)

Tim S. Roberts

Faculty of Business and Informatics, Central Queensland University, Australia // t.roberts@cqu.edu.au

 

Joanne M. McInnerney

Faculty of Business and Informatics, Central Queensland University, Australia // cowlrick@optusnet.com.au

 

ABSTRACT: The benefits of online collaborative learning, sometimes referred to as CSCL (computer-supported collaborative learning) are compelling, but many instructors are loath to experiment with non-conventional methods of teaching and learning because of the perceived problems. This paper reviews the existing literature to present the seven most commonly reported such problems of online group learning, as identified by both researchers and practitioners, and offers practical solutions to each, in the hope that educators may be encouraged to “take the risk”.

Keywords: Online collaborative learning, CSCL, Group learning, Group work, Free riders

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