Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

Assocation for the Advancement of Computing Education

Faculty

Education and Arts

School

Communications and Contemporary Arts, Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts,Technology, Education and Communications

Comments

This article was originally published as: McLoughlin, C. & Luca, J. (2008). Creating a web-based knowledge-building team: Design of tasks, scaffolds and social affordances. In J. Luca & E. Weippl (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2008 (pp. 4276-4285). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Copyright by AACE. Reprinted from the Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2008 with permission of AACE (http://www.aace.org) Original article available here

Abstract

In a blended learning environment, where students undertake professional skills development in the workplace, a flexible environment is designed in order to support problem solving in project management. The design of the environment, informed by socio-cultural theory, was intended to support knowledge building among students, and in particular to support exchange of ideas, peer review and commentary on solutions presented to problems, and a reflective space for exchange of ideas. The online environment incorporates a number of functional affordances that scaffold knowledge exchange, collaborative tasks and peer commentary. The design features of the online site are described and a proposed framework within which to evaluate the learning outcomes achieved is proposed.

 
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