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CLIENT – Collaborative Learning in an International Environment

By Jørgen Lerche Nielsen and Kirsten Meyer

Abstract

This paper presents the findings of a two-year project 2001-2003 funded by the European Commission under the Socrates-Minerva program. In the CLIENT project students from different universities of 4 countries work collaboratively on a problem based assignment in an international, virtual setting where all contact between the students, tutors and the company involved, takes place through ICT technologies. The project addresses collaborative learning on the basis of a problem based approach and specifically focuses on the impact of the international context of the learning process. The project consists of two experiments, a pilot project from February 2002 until May 2002 and the main project from September 2002 until December 2003, where 27 students of four different countries (Denmark, England, Norway and the Netherlands) collaborated in three groups on an assignment developed by the company Océ (www.oce.com). Focus was on how the participating students in the three groups managed to work together with participants from different countries representing diverse educational cultures and different disciplines. See further information and reports www.client-learning.org/index.htm

Topics: Collaborative Learning, CSCL, Virtual Learning Environments, International Learning Collaboration
Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:rudar.ruc.dk:1800/2290

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