A design framework for researching collaborative learning environments

Dirk S. Hovorka, Michael J. Rees, Amjad Alkilani

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Despite the increasing use of communication and social media technologies in higher education teaching environments, and an extensive literature describing the potential of using technology in teaching, there is limited empirical literature demonstrating that technology enhances learning. The widespread adoption of some Web 2.0 and other mature technologies in education creates an opportunity to extend current research by identifying relationships between these technologies and pedagogically informed interactions within a Community of Inquiry. In this research, we propose a conceptual framework linking educational pedagogy, technological support of learning interactions, and emergent teaching, social and cognitive presences, which are linked with learning outcomes. This framework grounds discussion of the future design and evaluation of a prototype Collaborative Learning Environment based on the proposed interactions. Additional future research based on this framework is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACIS 2010 Proceedings 21st Australasian Conference on Information Systems
Subtitle of host publication21st Australasian Conference on Information Systems
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventAustralasian Conference on Information Systems - Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Duration: 1 Dec 20103 Dec 2010
Conference number: 21st


ConferenceAustralasian Conference on Information Systems
Abbreviated titleACIS 2010
CityBrisbane, QLD


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