Discovering the power of good questions
A learning environment can create community agency (analogous to individual agency) by mediating collaboration. My dissertation research focused on virtual world design principles which would support the sense of presence, conceptualized as the result of an ongoing collaborative action-based process, a contextualized human experience of collaborative learning activity that evolves over time.
Some of the design principles I collected focus on the specialized attributes of a virtual world: travel interaction techniques, wayfinding, avatar identity. Others are relevant to any virtual learning environment, and include:
Instructor Role in Creating Collaborative Agency
To create the sense of collaborative agency, the role of the instructor is to set the “rules,” model the norms, provide real possibility of group action through authentic group projects, ensure that teams negotiate team contracts, ensure that team grades have an individual performance component, create environment for generative dialogue, and provide tools for collaboration.
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