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How Does Online Collaboration Enchance Learning
Online learning is growing at a rate of around 3.5 million students per year. All of these students are accessing resources as they learn in a way that is increasingly more creative and experiential. It has become the norm for students to travel to different locations or time zones to conduct research, collaborate, and better understand the material being taught. Online video sharing and online courses facilitate this learning by allowing students to form crowdsourced educational communities and talk to each other about topics they are studying and context about which they may have no access to.
Collaborative learning is another facet of online education. Its natural evolution is through interactive, digital tools that allow students to make new connections, exchange ideas, participate in debates, share resources, and use cases to understand deeper the topic. This can help gain a deeper understanding of a concept and its role in a wider world context. Online collaboration is not new—it has been utilised since the advent of the internet—but it is more of a social media phenomenon now. Online collaboration stems from the fact that users and creators have become used to looking each other up, and digital communication tools facilitate these interactions.
But not all projects involving online learning thrive. Even in the niches that survive online collaboration, students often feel uncomfortable about sharing their work online. Because of this, engaging in a collaborative learning project is often difficult. Some of the people that perform project-based projects do not care about the interaction they have with each other online. The learning might be good in person but it is not in a virtual community. Other students, particularly those that share same grades as their peers, feel overwhelmed and uncomfortable because they are expected to answer questions from each other online while the other person still has an option of simply completing the assignment.
However, online collaboration is gaining a broader acceptance. The key is making it a common expectation for all students to be comfortable with both the actual work and the online interaction. Students should not be judged on how well they respond to questions and evaluate each other’s responses. But they should be judged on the way the material is brought to life in collaboration. Internally and externally, online collaboration has several benefits, not least of which is that it helps eliminate any anxiety that occurs when students have to balance their personal and work relationships. It helps build community and understanding, which is critical to academic success.
Online collaboration fosters academic stress
In a year or two, the bulk of those at schools in the US will have graduated and are expected to begin their careers. During this critical moment of both the educational and career growth process, this transition is incredibly stressful. And this month, some students may start moving back home with their parents and choose to live in dorms as they transition into the real world. Thanks to mobile technology, these students will have an array of online communication options to satisfy their needs and alleviate their concerns. Being connected to their academic peers, professors, tutors, professors, or associates can reduce some of this stress. Many students who are graduating or transitioning between academic institutions have been yearning for a few platforms that can help them be involved and give them a more connected academic experience.
Last year, the Washington Post revealed a study by the Public Religion Research Institute. In it, they interviewed 2,006 people who had completed high school or two years of college and had “very high school proficiency” or were “college graduates.” (Those who held a bachelor’s degree were the most adept.) The study reported that people who are moving from one school to another or living in the dorms for the first time reported feeling more anxiety than those with 10-20 years of experience in the same place.