learn best by interacting with others, rather than working in isolation.
Wittrocks’ generative learning theory, now popularly termed constructivism,
(holds that) people learn best when working together (Susman 1998) .
Through this collaboration students are motivated and encouraged to remain
focused on the task. The resultant interactivity leads to knowledge-building
which requires "articulation, expression or representation of what is
learned.“ [Jonassen, 1999]
Excerpt from online chat. As well as the
usual intermingling of threads (which we have already commented on in past
doses), note the two ways of expressing emphasis here.
And for ESL/language teachers: would you correct the errors? Accept use of
<y> I AM GULLIBLE.
<M> Well this is a *great* conversation but my wife needs to use the
<y> but I don't think... my explaination is right.
<M> So I have to go. I'll read the rest of the chat in
<y> what do you mean *great*?
<a> where r u? ying china or taiwan?
<M> I mean really great!
“I think the fact that we were 'forced' to
contribute continuously to keep the momentum running helped to keep the
participants participating! It may have also contributed to people dropping
“Why is most of this course happening in a
listserv.......I liked going into our WebCT site and checking mail, forum
postings, calendar, weekly tasks. It gave me a place to be...a special
place that was for my learning. Now all this happens as part of a plethora
of other emails and for me has lost its separateness. what think others?”
“For me I believe I would have been better
motivated if I had been asked to 'produce' something either on my own or
collaboratively like a 'mud map' or a 'paper' or a 'strategy'- a learning
outcome within the course end product itself.”
“I was looking for something to get my teeth
into through the content but it was really scattered throughout the course
as we built it. But even now when I look back, I'm not sure that we have
built something that is reuseable. Maybe that was not the purpose, and the
learning was in the building.”