Parent and educator perspectives on the benefits of an online space to promote offline program collaborative learning

Susan K. Walker, Cheuk Hei Cheng, Alize Rattenni, Caroline Reynolds, Sam Lapham

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Abstract

This multiple perspective, qualitative investigation with parents and teachers/teaching assistants provided insight on values of a virtual platform to aid parent collaborative learning in a dual focus early childhood program. Benefits were viewed as complementary or supplementary to face-to-face program components and context. Parent access to information about their children not available to them during program participation may deepen understanding and strengthen feelings of connectedness, particularly important to parent-teacher relationships. While there was synergy on most platform benefits, teachers did not observe parents’ value in maintaining the program climate of trust and safety, and extending feelings of community. These may be essential for the platform to represent the learning supports aligned with the offline program experience. Study findings lead to hypotheses on the role of an online environment in parents’ mental models of programs for collaborative learning, and in social presence that strengthen collaborative learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Wide Lens
Subtitle of host publicationCombining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings - 13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2019 - Conference Proceedings
EditorsKristine Lund, Gerald P. Niccolai, Elise Lavoue, Cindy Hmelo-Silver, Gahgene Gweon, Michael Baker
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages392-399
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781732467231
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Event13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning - A Wide Lens: Combining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings, CSCL 2019 - Lyon, France
Duration: Jun 17 2019Jun 21 2019

Publication series

NameComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL
Volume1
ISSN (Print)1573-4552

Conference

Conference13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning - A Wide Lens: Combining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings, CSCL 2019
CountryFrance
CityLyon
Period6/17/196/21/19

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Walker, S. K., Hei Cheng, C., Rattenni, A., Reynolds, C., & Lapham, S. (2019). Parent and educator perspectives on the benefits of an online space to promote offline program collaborative learning. In K. Lund, G. P. Niccolai, E. Lavoue, C. Hmelo-Silver, G. Gweon, & M. Baker (Eds.), A Wide Lens: Combining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings - 13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2019 - Conference Proceedings (pp. 392-399). (Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL; Vol. 1). International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS).