Mixed-method validation of pedagogical concepts for an intercultural online learning environment: A case study
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KünyeLaw, E., Nguyen Ngoc, A., & Kuru, S. (2007). Mixed-method validation of pedagogical concepts for an intercultural online learning environment: A case study. Paper presented at the 321-330. doi:10.1145/1316624.1316673
The rise of social software poses the challenges to the design and evaluation of a pedagogically sound online learning environment (OLE). Our OLE addresses these challenges by the integration of three pedagogical concepts - cross-cultural collaboration, self-directed learning and social networking - with the aim to advance participants' competencies and by mixed-method approaches to evaluating the complex situations. A validation trial involving four European countries was conducted. Groups of students co-created a questionnaire, which was assessed to provide an indicator of task performance. Multi-source (surveys, blogs, emails, diaries, chats, videoconference, and interviews) and multi-perspective data (facilitators, students, researchers) were studied with social network analysis, content analysis and conversation analysis. Several a posteriori research questions are addressed.