Exploring WebCT-Vista Capabilities for Supporting Students' Graduate Attributes during Online Collaborative Learning

By Farhad Daneshgar and Christine Van Toorn.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Computer mediated communications (CMC) have provided effective electronic environments for support active student discussions and participation in their courses, regardless of time and place limitations. In light of the current vast differences among students in term of their socio/cultural background, intellectual/academic background and industrial experience, as well as recent technological innovations in teaching and learning, the use of traditional teaching/learning methods are now being challenged from a variety of aspects (Hakkinen and Jarvela, 2006). This paper explores capabilities of an on-line educational portal in supporting the attainment of students’ learning outcomes as reflected in graduate attributes developed/devised by various tertiary institutions. This paper is part of a larger project that aims to develop a set of operational standards and metrics for educational portals while special considerations are given to domain/discipline/culture-specific issues as related to the design of user interfaces for these systems.

Keywords: eLearning Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Educational Portal Graduate Attributes

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp.25-32. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 574.711KB).

Dr. Farhad Daneshgar

Senior Lecturer, School of Information Systems, Technology and Management, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Kensington, NSW, Australia

Dr. Farhad Daneshgar is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Information Systems, Technology, and Management (SISTM) at UNSW, Australia. Farhad is a member of the editorial board in three IS/KM Journals, and the leader of Knowledge Management Research Group at SISTM. He is the creator of the awareness net modelling language and his research interests include e-collaboration, Analysis and Design of Collaboration-Support Systems, Collaborative Learning, and Mass Customisation and has published extensively in these areas.

Christine Van Toorn

Lecturer & Director BIT/ISM Programs, School of Information Systems, Technology and Management, Univeristy of New South Wales, Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Christine Van Toorn is a Lecturer and Director of the BIT and ISM Co-op Scholarship Programs in the School of Information Systems, Technology and Management at UNSW. Her commercial background is diverse and she has considerable experience across a wide variety of industries. Christine has a research masters degree from UNSW and her current research interests lie in the areas of knowledge management and decision support, with particular emphasis in relation to ccmputer mediated communications. She has over 15 years of teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels as well as the corporate sector. Christine has extensive industry experience in both the ICT sector and accounting, she is a CISA and a CPA member. Her appointment as Director of the University’s exclusive and highly sought after BIT (Business Information Technology) and ISM (Information Systems and Management) Co-operative Scholarship Programs complements her vast experience both within industry and academia.

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