McLoughlin, C. & Luca, J. (2008). Creating a web-based knowledge-building team: Design of tasks, scaffolds and social affordances. J. Luca, E. R. Weippl. 4277-4285. Chesapeake, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.
In a blended learning environment, where students undertake professional skills development in the workplace, a flexible environment is designed in order to support problem solving in project management. The design of the environment, informed by socio-cultural theory, was intended to support knowledge building among students, and in particular to support exchange of ideas, peer review and commentary on solutions presented to problems, and a reflective space for exchange of ideas. The online environment incorporates a number of functional affordances that scaffold knowledge exchange, collaborative tasks and peer commentary. The design features of the online site are described and a proposed framework within which to evaluate the learning outcomes achieved is proposed.
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