Project data

Collaborative knowledge construction in digital text-based asynchronous communication environments: modalities and distribution of educational assistance among participants

Main Researcher: César Coll

Research Team:
Alfonso Bustos
Marc Clarà
Rosa M. Colomina
Anna Engel
Ana Ginesta
Inés de Gispert
Teresa Mauri
Mila Naranjo
Javier Onrubia
Ana Remesal
M. José Rochera
M. Teresa Segués

Financing source: MINISTERIO DE CIENCIA E INNOVACIÓN. Dirección General de Programas y Transferencia de Conocimiento

Reference: EDU2009-08891

Start date: 2010
End date: 2013

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The aim of the project is to contribute to the understanding of educational assistance processes in collaborative learning activities in text-based asynchronous communication environments, and to analyze their impact on the development and results of these types of activities.

Considering the results of previous research projects carried out by the research group, we propose that collaborative knowledge construction processes are closely linked to a distribution of support among all the participants, i.e., the phenomenon of "distributed teaching presence".

This concept is the foundation for the two specific goals of the project:
(1) identifying the manifestation of teaching presence in participants’ contributions and analyzing its relationship with the process and the results of the collaborative knowledge construction in the studied activities; and
(2) establishing individual profiles and group indicators of participation and connectivity associated to different modalities and to varying degrees of distributed teaching presence in these activities. ..(+)