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Can Online Collaborative Works Offer a Solution to the Over Crowded Classes in Egyptian Universities?

Ismail, Nashwa and Kinchin, Gary (2019). Can Online Collaborative Works Offer a Solution to the Over Crowded Classes in Egyptian Universities? International Journal of Management and Applied Research, 6(2) pp. 48–67.

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Abstract

This study investigates tutors’ perception towards students’ group work when they learn online as a proposed solution for overcrowded classes. The study context is the Egyptian Higher Education (HE) system and the research participants were 20 HE tutors who either teach in a blended learning environment or virtual classroom. This research adopted a phenomenological qualitative approach and data were collected through focus groups and one-to-one interviews. The study concluded that online collaborative learning offers opportunities for studying outside the standard brick-and-mortar classroom and potentially overcoming the problem of overcrowded classes. Although such option has certain advantages, it also presents its own challenges. Tutors acknowledged the benefits of online collaborative learning; however, the tutors also raised some cultural and pedagogical concerns they deemed as hindrances to the learning effectiveness as a whole. Recommendations concerning the effective implementation of online collaborative learning are given.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 2056-757X
Keywords: collaborative; constructivism; Egyptian Higher Education; online learning; social; student-centred
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Learning and Teaching Innovation - Academic
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Education Futures
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
OpenTEL
Item ID: 62795
Depositing User: Nashwa Ismail
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2019 12:10
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2019 18:47
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/62795
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