What are teachers concerned about in implementing digital collaboration?

Mei Wen Chen, Cheng-Chih Wu, Greg C Lee

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Abstract

This paper aims to explore teachers' concerns about implementing digital collaboration. The participants who took part in the study were 70 k-12 school teachers who participated in a 3 full-day IntelR Teach training program. The training, entitled 'Collaboration in the Digital Classroom', were conducted over three consecutive weekends, one day per weekend. Data for analysis were collected from questionnaire surveys, before and after training, and collaboration action plans designed by the teachers during the training. The findings showed that teachers generally had some concerns about implementing collaborative learning activities with technology. The issues they most concerned about were time-consumed in conducting collaboration, unfair task loading among students, dominant student in a team, free-rider effects, and objections from parents. We also found that the collaboration training alone cannot ease teachers' concerns, however, if the training was followed with implementation practices, the concerns could be lessened to some degree. As for teachers who were not proficient with ICT (Information and Communication Technology) skills, the training course is able to reduce some of their concerns such as time-consuming and assessment of students.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2014 International Conference on Teaching and Learning in Computing and Engineering, LATICE 2014
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages234-239
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781479935918
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1
Event2014 International Conference on Teaching and Learning in Computing and Engineering, LATICE 2014 - Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Duration: 2014 Apr 112014 Apr 13

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2014 International Conference on Teaching and Learning in Computing and Engineering, LATICE 2014

Other

Other2014 International Conference on Teaching and Learning in Computing and Engineering, LATICE 2014
CountryMalaysia
CityKuching, Sarawak
Period14/4/1114/4/13

Keywords

  • Collaboration
  • Collaborative learning
  • ICT skills
  • Teacher's concerns

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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    Chen, M. W., Wu, C-C., & Lee, G. C. (2014). What are teachers concerned about in implementing digital collaboration? In Proceedings - 2014 International Conference on Teaching and Learning in Computing and Engineering, LATICE 2014 (pp. 234-239). [6821862] (Proceedings - 2014 International Conference on Teaching and Learning in Computing and Engineering, LATICE 2014). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/LaTiCE.2014.52