Online Project-Based Learning: A Comparison of Collaborative Tools

ID: 17976 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Christina W. Charnitski, Immaculata University, United States
  2. Francis Harvey, Drexel University, United States

Thursday, March 29 10:45 AM-11:05 AM Location: Exec. Salon 1

Presider: Cynthia Garrety, Fort Hays State University, United States

Abstract. Project-based learning in an online environment poses particular challenges in the areas of collaboration, academic reinforcement and ongoing assessment. This paper discusses the student and the instructor perspectives, vis-a-vis issues of collaboration, academic reinforcement, and ongoing assessment, of two online, project-based graduate courses. To facilitate both within group and group/instructor collaboration, each small student group in both classes self-selected to use asynchronous chats, emails, and traditional one-to-one telephone conversations, or asynchronous chats, emails, Groove Virtual Office, and Skype which allowed for free conference calling, and Preliminary data indicated that all three variables of interest were more positively perceived by both students and instructor when asynchronous chats, emails, Groove Virtual Office, and Skype were used.


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