Evaluation of different methods of on-line collaboration/group work supported within a virtual learning environment (VLE)
The aim of this study was to discern whether the different methods of online collaboration/group work could be used to encourage independent (of the tutor) and effective student learning as perceived by the student group. Specific objectives for the study were to identify strengths and weaknesses in the structure of the different methods of on-line collaboration/group work; identify direct-entry and mature students’ perceptions of effective learning associated with the delivery of the different on-line collaboration/group work methods; identify potential barriers associated with online collaboration/group work. Evaluation of the study was undertaken by questionnaire following the completion of each piece of coursework, asking students to identify their usage of the virtual-learning environment (VLE) and express opinions regarding the effectiveness, strengths and weaknesses associated with each method. The paper includes descriptive analysis of the data and personal reflection from the tutor.