Title: Synchronous virtual tools to develop and evaluate cooperative learning in an online learning community

Authors: Prudencia Gutiérrez-Esteban; Rocío Yuste-Tosina; Gemma Delicado-Puerto; Juan Arias-Masa; Rafael Martín-Espada

Addresses: Faculty of Education, University of Extremadura, Avenida de Elvas, s/n Badajoz, Spain ' Faculty of Teacher Training, University of Extremadura, Avenida de la Universidad, s/n Cáceres, Spain ' Faculty of Teacher Training, University of Extremadura, Avenida de la Universidad, s/n Cáceres, Spain ' Merida University Centre, University of Extremadura, Avenida Santa Teresa Jornet, s/n, Mérida, Spain ' Merida University Centre, University of Extremadura, Avenida Santa Teresa Jornet, s/n, Mérida, Spain

Abstract: The study presented in this paper is part of a broader research aimed to analyse possibilities of synchronous tools, such as synchronous virtual classroom, which promote strategic cooperative among students in higher education. Therefore, the study searches the utility of this tool, used in e-learning methodology, within a blended learning context. The main objective then is to present a cooperative learning proposal useful to enhance the teaching/learning process, assessment included. Virtual synchronous classrooms are new resources that promote a collaborative learning through videoconference, shared desktop and files, synchronous white board, presentations, etc. which allow a cooperative learning context.

Keywords: cooperative learning; assessment; learning virtual communities; synchronous virtual classrooms; e-learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2018.096018

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2018 Vol.28 No.2, pp.115 - 129

Received: 29 Jan 2018
Accepted: 30 May 2018

Published online: 05 Nov 2018 *

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