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Promoting Collaborative Learning in Online Teacher Education

Promoting Collaborative Learning in Online Teacher Education
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Author(s): Vassiliki I. Zygouris-Coe (University of Central Florida, USA)
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 22
Source title: Teacher Education Programs and Online Learning Tools: Innovations in Teacher Preparation
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Richard Hartshorne (University of Central Florida, USA), Tina L. Heafner (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA) and Teresa Petty (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1906-7.ch008


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Online learning continues to grow as a learning option for millions of students in US colleges and universities. Collaboration plays an important role in student learning. This chapter presents information on how collaborative learning was designed and implemented in a comprehensive online course in reading for pre-service and in-service educators in grades P-12. The author presents details on course design issues, instructional practices, benefits, and challenges associated with collaborative learning in this online course, and implications for further development and evaluation of collaborative learning in teacher preparation programs. The author also provides recommendations for promoting collaboration in online teacher education courses.

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