It’s no surprise to educators that collaborative learning offers a deeper level of classroom engagement, enhances critical thinking, and improves retention of information. Research consistently supports those claims (Gokhale, 1995; Johnson & Johnson, 1986; Totten, Sills, Digby, & Russ, 1991). Online tools can offer a way to enable such collaborative learning and reap those benefits. In particular, real-time, multi-user, content sharing and/or editing tools make possible group critiques of media-rich content, potentially lower barriers for participation in group problem-solving exercises, and create a unique environment for continuous self-assessment and peer learning. A careful examination of how two of these web-based tools (Piratepad and Padlet) have been used in collaborative in-person activities in conjunction with a student survey on pedagogical effectiveness provide valuable takeaway lessons for understanding best practices (and remaining challenges) in integrating technology in the classroom for communication educators.
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"Using Online Sharing and Editing Tools for Classroom Collaborative Learning in Multimedia Journalism Education,"
Proceedings of the New York State Communication Association: Vol. 2016
, Article 1.
Available at: https://docs.rwu.edu/nyscaproceedings/vol2016/iss1/1