Learning and Teaching Investment Fund 2011

Summary of projects

Project title

“An Online Global Passport: Designing and Evaluating Dual Hub Online Collaborative Learning Activities and Assessments”

Project leaders

Melvin Fernando

Project team

  • Dr. Tjong Budisantoso
  • Moulik Zaveri

Project summary

The project was aimed to study the feasibility and benefits of conducting online collaborative learning activities and assessments between the students of Vietnam (which includes both Saigon South and Hanoi) and Melbourne. The objectives of this study were to elicit factors that enhance learner engagement and collaboration, to develop learner engagement measurement, to promote effective facilitation and to develop assessment techniques. This research also aimed to study the relationship between the online collaborative learning and student motivation and learning strategy.

The project comprised of two stages. In the first stage, the students conducted an online team project with other students from the same campus. This stage was done in Hanoi, Saigon South and Melbourne as part of the Buyer Behaviour course assessment, which used Wiki as a medium of collaboration. In the second stage, the students conducted an online team project where they collaborated with students from the other RMIT campuses. So each group comprised of students from Hanoi, Saigon South and Melbourne. The Market Research course was used for this stage using Wiki as a medium of collaboration.

In Stage 1, the Buyer Behaviour course students were tasked to form a group of 5 students within their own campus to discuss and provide a solution on a given case study. This was a part of the Buyer Behaviour course assessment in Semester 2, 2011 and the assessment was worth 10%. All groups used Wiki as a medium of collaboration to discuss the case study and provide a solution within a week.

In Stage 2, the Market Research course students were tasked to form a group of 5 students, and each group comprised of students from the three different campuses. This was a part of the Market Research course assessment in Semester 2, 2011 and the assessment was worth 10%. Similar to stage 1, all groups used Wiki as a medium of collaboration to discuss the case study and provide a solution within a week.

At both stages, after the assessments were completed, the respective students were invited to participate in the study. A survey using a scale that the researchers had developed was carried out and after that an in-depth interviews were also conducted. Please refer to Item 2 for a list of outcomes of the survey conducted. As for the in-depth interviews that were conducted, the researchers concluded that the part-time students highly appreciated the online collaboration as they spent less time on campus, therefore the online discussions and assessment were much more feasible to complete the group projects.

Outcomes

  • An online collaboration learning using Wiki that involves students from different campuses needs a particular period of time to be allocated for the introductory period in order to know all the members better, a leader to lead the team and set clear instructions for the team members.
  • Based on the analysis, it was found that the students in Saigon South and Hanoi believe that this online collaboration learning could help them to socialise and learn from the students from different campuses.
  • For the stage 1 of this research students in Buyer Behvaiour were tasked to form a team with students from their own campus. The study found, for students in Melbourne, significant relationships between intrinsic motivation, extrinsic motivation, learning belief, self-efficacy, critical thinking and peer learning and an online collaboration learning using Wiki.
  • Similarly, the study found significant relationships between intrinsic, extrinsic, task value, learning belief, self-efficacy, elaboration and critical thinking and an online collaboration learning using Wiki for students in Vietnam.
  • Stage 2 of the study required students in Market Research course to form team with students from different campuses. This component of the study did not find any significant relationships for students in Melbourne.
  • However, the study found significant relationships between intrinsic, self-efficacy and critical thinking and an online collaboration learning using Wiki in Saigon South and Hanoi campus.

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