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Collaborative learning in online breakout rooms: Effects of learner attributes on purposeful interpersonal interaction and perceived learning

Wilkins, Stephen, Muhammad, Butt, HAZZAM, Joe and Marder, Ben (2002) Collaborative learning in online breakout rooms: Effects of learner attributes on purposeful interpersonal interaction and perceived learning. International Journal of Educational Management. ISSN 0951-354X

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Purpose – Breakout rooms are commonly used by lecturers as a means to achieve collaborative learning in online lessons. Although breakout rooms can be effective at encouraging student engagement, interaction, and learning, many students dislike being forced to interact with peers, and for some students it can lead to feelings of anxiety and stress. Successful collaborative learning depends upon having the ‘right’ individuals working together, so the purpose of this research is to identify specific learner attributes that are associated with purposeful interpersonal interaction in breakout rooms.

Design/methodology/approach – An online survey was used to obtain data from 664 higher education students in the United States, which were analyzed using partial least squares structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM).

Findings – Students’ technology readiness, social identification, and intercultural communication competence are each significantly related to the achievement of purposeful interpersonal interaction, which is strongly related to students’ perceived learning.

Originality/value – The breakout room represents a unique and specific context for collaborative learning, where there may be minimal lecturer supervision, and where students may choose to disengage by turning off their cameras and microphones, or simply listen without participating (known as lurking). The existing literature has given little attention to how lecturers allocate students to online breakout rooms.

Practical implications – The findings of this research emphasize the importance of lecturers considering learner attributes when forming breakout room groups.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: online learning, collaborative learning, teaching and learning strategies, learner attributes
Faculty: Staffordshire Business School > Business and Marketing
Depositing User: Joe HAZZAM
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2023 09:44
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2023 15:12
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