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Kauppi, S., Muukkonen, H., Suorsa, T. and Takala, M. (2020), I still miss human contact, but this is more flexible—Paradoxes in virtual learning interaction and multidisciplinary collaboration. Br J Educ Technol, 51: 1101-1116. doi:10.1111/bjet.12929

I still miss human contact, but this is more flexible : paradoxes in virtual learning interaction and multidisciplinary collaboration

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Author: Kauppi, Suvi1; Muukkonen-van der Meer, Hanni1; Suorsa, Teemu1;
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Faculty of Education
Format: article
Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-06-24


Teaching and learning in universities have shifted towards online education, and there is not enough scientific knowledge about suitable pedagogical design principles to guide the construction of hybrid learning spaces for today’s university students. In this design‐based research, we studied the benefits and challenges in reaching the expected learning outcomes of an e‐course, “Collaboration and Professional Interaction Skills.” The practical purpose was developing the pedagogical design of this e‐course. The scientific objective was to build on the research about design principles that guide teachers in constructing e‐courses, enabling in‐depth learning in hybrid learning spaces. The pedagogical design was guided by six design principles. Empirical data (21 students’ assignments and reflections, teacher’s observations, data from the digital learning management system) were collected in two research cycles. Students were from different degree programmes of educational sciences. Thematic analysis of students’ individually and collaboratively authored assignments was carried out in both research cycles. The most emphasised benefits and challenges concerned the combination of working and creating knowledge together, virtually, in a multidisciplinary group. Based on the results, practical recommendations were made for university‐level pedagogical designs that facilitate effective and active collaboration and interaction, and learning of such competence.

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Series: British journal of educational technology
ISSN: 0007-1013
ISSN-E: 1467-8535
ISSN-L: 0007-1013
Volume: 51
Issue: 4
Pages: 1101 - 1116
DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12929
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Funding: The research is carried out as part of project entitled “Supporting Together! Multidisciplinary and Digital Cooperation Supporting Learning,” funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.
Copyright information: © 2020 The Authors. British Journal of Educational Technology published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of British Educational Research Association. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution‐NonCommercial License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.