Welcome . . . from Dr. Paul Resta
Welcome to our course on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL).
In recent years we have seen the exponential growth of the use of Web 2.0 social networking tools in all aspects of life. Today's students are 'constantly connected' using tools such as blogs, wikis, text-messaging, twitter or hundreds of other social networking tools. Similar trends are taking place in the workplace and today's professionals in business, industry, medicine, science and higher education work online with team members who are located in different cities or even different countries. The fastest growing workspace is the distributed workspace.
Based on these trends there is increased recognition that the ability to work effectively and collaboratively in online environments is an important 21st Century skill. In fact, many states now require that high school students have a course that is entirely online as part of their graduation requirements.
In this course you will learn about technology-supported collaborative learning theory, research, tools and pedagogical strategies. Equally important, you will experience it by working as a member of an online collaborative learning team throughout the course.
This course has lots of online communication features. You need to test your computer and software to see if you can access the course materials easily. And, in this course, it will be important for you to maintain close and ongoing communication with the members of your learning team throughout the semester.
We look forward to working together throughout the semester.
The University of Texas at Austin provides upon request appropriate academic adjustments for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact Services for Students with Disabilities at 471-6259; 232-2937 (VP).