Identifying Learning Opportunities in Online Collaboration: A variation theory approach

Aditomo, Anindito and Reimann, Peter (2009) Identifying Learning Opportunities in Online Collaboration: A variation theory approach. In: Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Computers in Education. Asia Pacific Society for Computers in Education, Hong Kong, China, pp. 261-268. ISBN 978-986-84735-5-3

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The focus of this paper is on the issue of evaluating learning which occurs in the process of online collaboration. The goal of this paper is to demonstrate the utility of a theoretical framework (variation theory) to assess the process of online collaboration. To this end, discourse of six online groups collaborating using wiki was examined. Variation theory made possible the observation that, although the groups differed markedly in their collaboration process, they focused on the same aspects of the object of learning, while ignoring one key aspect. Further analysis suggested that this missed learning opportunity may have led the students to develop a ‘misconception’ of the topic. These findings point to the value of variation theory as a framework for analysing online discourse to make claims related to students’ learning.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Variation theory, learning opportunity, online collaboration, wiki.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Psychology > Department of Psychology
Depositing User: Anindito Aditomo 205003
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2015 01:24
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2021 15:08

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