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April 29, 2007

This very interesting interview with Morten Paulsen  was blogged by Stephen Downes

His work is based on his theory of cooperative freedom. 

I found this table very interesting

"Table 1. Student preferences regarding Learning Partners and privacy


 Preferred Privacy Level

Want Learning Partners

Don't want Learning Partners

Sum

Percent

Closed

63

520

583

18,4 %

Limited

975

650

1625

51,4 %

Open

706

248

954

30,2 %

Sum

1744

1418

3162

 


Percent

55,2 %

44,8 %

 


 

"

Paulsen has done some interesting and practical work in situations where students can express their preferences that then impact on their interaction with the learning environment .  I'll try to read some of his papers.  In our work on CABWEB, one consistent result over 5 years was that where 'collaboration' occurred across groups of students from two countries/ courses each group of students thought that whilst they gained from the experience, the other group gained more.

The distinction between cooperation and collaboration is also relevant in the Emerge context as Bob Rotherham has been showing.


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Comments

  1. Dear Frances,

    Thanks a lot for this. What a wonderful reflection. It is only a shame that the book is written in Norwegian ...

    Some cooperation here concerning communication (the language) would be great!

    Hopefully it will be translated soon. But the sum up of it is already something.

    Thanks for sharing. As we say in the Webheads in Action "sharing is caring" - also another way of collaborate / cooperate. 

    Cristina CostaCristina Costa on Sunday, 29 April 2007, 17:50 BST # |

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