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Title: Challenges in Implementing Small Group Collaboration in Large Online Courses
Authors: Erdmann, Julia
Rummel, Nikol
Christmann, Nina
Elson, Malte
Hecking, Tobias
Herrmann, Thomas
Hoppe, H. Ulrich
Krämer, Nicole C.
Kyewski, Elias
Wichmann, Astrid
Issue Date: Jul-2017
Publisher: Philadelphia, PA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Citation: Erdmann, J., Rummel, N., Christmann, N., Elson, M., Hecking, T., Herrmann, T., Hoppe, H. U., Krämer, N. C., Kyewski, E., & Wichmann, A. (2017). Challenges in Implementing Small Group Collaboration in Large Online Courses In Smith, B. K., Borge, M., Mercier, E., and Lim, K. Y. (Eds.). (2017). Making a Difference: Prioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL, 12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) 2017, Volume 2. Philadelphia, PA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Large online courses typically suffer from a lack of possibilities for social interaction among participants. One approach for facilitating social interaction is small group collaboration. Successfully implementing small group collaboration in online courses, however, is not an easy task. In two iterations of a large online course, we first identified implementation problems and their possible causes (Course 1: N = 270), and subsequently tested possibilities of mitigation and corresponding improvements (Course 2: N = 111). The problems identified in Course 1 included a high dropout rate, low participation in group work, and low course satisfaction. These are typical problems in large online courses. However, their significance increases when they occur in the context of small group collaboration. Changes on the structural but also on the social level in Course 2 improved course satisfaction, but did not lower dropout rate nor did it increase participation in group work.
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