A Virtual Collaborative Didactic: Experimental Design in a Local Context

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): A. Chongtay R., Thomas Hansson, C. Kjaer, L. van Heugten
Title: A Virtual Collaborative Didactic: Experimental Design in a Local Context
Conference name: ED-Media conference
Year: 2004
Pagination: 4875-4880
City: Lugano, Switzerland
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Management (Sektionen för management)
School of Management S- 371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
Language: English
Abstract: Based on a pilot study at a school where pupils work together exploring a virtual world (Fifth Dimension 5D), the objective of this article is to investigate the potential of software, interaction and integration related to instruction. Foci are set on a conceptual development of a virtual collaborative didactic. More concretely, we explore mediated interaction in collaborative weblogs between pupils managing classroom and computer room congenial problems, tasks and assignments. The objectives and foci are set on development of an integrated didactic on English and computer competence. From a starting point where the design of a virtual learning environment is investigated and developed, the idea of weblogs, agency, instruction and integration is portrayed as a situated approach for operating 5D as a game, a mystery and a challenge. The design of the study has motivated the whole class of pupils, as well as inspired and increased narrative text production.
Subject: Education\General