Improving Collaborative Online Learning Using the TEC Model
Thursday, March 28 11:30-11:50 AM Location: Southdown
Presider: Miri Shonfeld, Kibbutzim College and MOFET, Israel
Abstract: The current study investigates changes in groups cohesion and collaboration in an online environment using the TEC (Trust building in an Online Collaborative Environment) model (Hoter, Shonfeld & Ganayem, 2009; 2012). The TOCE model provides a template for gradual contact and collaboration in small heterogeneous groups in online environments. Data was collected from a one year online college course which included students from 8 different teacher education colleges representing different cultural groups in Israel (Arabs and Jews). The course used both synchronous and a-synchronous platforms and the assignments were carried out in small multicultural groups. Results show significant improvement in cohesiveness and collaboration within the small work groups.