Authors: David O'Sullivan; Finn Krewer; Gabriele Frankl
Addresses: National University of Ireland, University Road, Galway, Ireland ' National University of Ireland, University Road, Galway, Ireland ' Department of Media and Communication Studies, Alps-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria
Abstract: Social software is changing the ways students and instructors share information and is increasingly used a part of a collaborative learning process. Collaborative learning improves engagement and is particularly effective when introduced as part of project-based learning (PBL) for teams. However, PBL for teams also introduces social dilemmas where less motivated students engage in social loafing, allowing more motivated students to do most of the collaborative work. This paper presents an approach to collaborative learning using an experimental learning management system (LMS) designed specifically for team-based PBL. This LMS assists instructors to counteract the negative effects of social dilemmas. The novel approach presented has undergone testing with Masters and senior cycle Undergraduates who engaged in team projects in the field of innovation management and strategic planning. Results presented in this paper from three real use cases show high student engagement high satisfaction, and low social loafing.
Keywords: collaborative learning; team project-based learning; technology enhanced learning; social dilemmas; learning management systems; LMS; innovation management; social software; student engagement.
International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning, 2017 Vol.9 No.1, pp.14 - 36
Received: 03 Jun 2016
Accepted: 20 Aug 2016
Published online: 02 May 2017 *