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Concept Maps as a Tool for Promoting Online Collaborative Learning in Virtual Teams with Pre-Service Teachers

Concept Maps as a Tool for Promoting Online Collaborative Learning in Virtual Teams with Pre-Service Teachers
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Author(s): Wan Ng (La Trobe University, Australia) and Ria Hanewald (The University of Melbourne, Australia)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 19
Source title: Handbook of Research on Collaborative Learning Using Concept Mapping
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Patricia Lupion Torres (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Brazil) and Rita de Cássia Veiga Marriott (University of Birmingham, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-992-2.ch005

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Abstract

The chapter provides an overview of concept mapping and a description of a theoretical framework that adopts concept maps as a tool to enhance collaborative learning in virtual teams in an online learning environment. It was developed by drawing on the relevant literature and on research in online collaborative learning in the pre-service teacher education programs at an Australian university. The framework is underpinned by socio-constructivist learning theories for collaborative learning with online technologies. The use of a concept map to illustrate the framework is presented and the pedagogical benefits are highlighted. The framework is applicable to all higher education courses in promoting collaborative virtual team learning.

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