Improving Collaborative Online Learning Using the TEC Model

ID: 38117 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Miri Shonfeld, Kibbutzim College of Education & Mofet Institute, Israel
  2. Elaine Hoter, Talpiot College of Education & Mofet Institute, Israel
  3. Asmaa Ganayem, Mofet Institute & Al-Qasemi College of Education, Israel

Thursday, March 28 11:30-11:50 AM Location: Southdown View on map

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.

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