Title: Multiplicity and flexibility as design features - a case study of a web-based collaborative learning community for diverse learners
Authors: C.Y. Janey Wang, Paul E. Resta
Addresses: Learning Technology Center, SZB 438B, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712, USA. Learning Technology Center, SZB 438B, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712, USA
Abstract: Assisted by technological advances, web-based instruction is being widely used to prepare learners for future challenges. The internet provides the possibility of erasing geographic and interpersonal boundaries among people from diverse backgrounds. The purposes of this article are: (1) to examine and discuss multiplicity and flexibility as essential elements in designing web-based courses integrating online collaborative learning; (2) to discuss implications of multiplicity and flexibility for future research and development of online collaborative learning environments.
Keywords: multiplicity; flexibility; web-based learning; collaborative learning; design; community; diversity; Internet; World Wide Web.
International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2002 Vol.12 No.5/6, pp.403-418
Published online: 21 Jul 2003 *Full-text access for editors Access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article