Using cloud drive for collaborative learning in adult training

Toh-Heng, Hwee Leng (2016) Using cloud drive for collaborative learning in adult training. In: Proceedings of the 15th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning. pp. 233-238. From: mLearn 2016: 15th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning: mobile learning futures - sustaining quality research and practice in mobile learrning, 24-26 October 2016, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

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In Singapore, at the end of 2015, the smartphone penetration stood at 148.4% while the total wireless broadband population penetration rate was 184.8% (Inforcomm Development Authority of Singapore, 2015). Mobile and digital technology, in tandem with the extensive WiFi networks available in all parts of the country, provide opportunities to implement collaborative learning via cloud drives in adult training classes. The author, who specializes in training adult instructors and trainers, implemented computer-mediated collaborative learning for her workshops. The teaching strategy focused on cooperative learning structures underpinned by Vygotsky's sociocultural theory of learning, and the facilitative nature of learning in Knowles theory of adult learning. She introduced Google Drive as the online platform in her workshops, eschewing paper handouts in favour of softcopy handouts available to all participants on the cloud drive. She guided the participants to access Google Docs, Google Slides and Google Sheets on their laptops, tablets and smartphones for collaborative learning purposes. Reading and discussion activities were designed with Google Drive as the platform for mediating instruction and learning. She started by having participants, in cooperative learning groups access softcopy handouts for reading and discussion, with the discussion points put up on group Google Slides for presentation. Participants moved from merely accessing softcopy handouts to searching for information online for solving problems related to the specific workshop content to discussing and putting together group reports and presentations, all via Google Drive. Participants experienced both face-to-face and online discussion via Google Drive. Almost all participants were new to the online collaborative learning processes experienced in the workshops. However, familiarity with the personal digital equipment brought by each participant to the workshops enabled the participants to overcome the initial disruption of the newness of the learning strategy. Participants appreciated the personal autonomy the collaborative learning process gave to their learning journey.

Item ID: 46722
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-9875020-3-2
Keywords: adult learning, collaborative learning, cloud drive
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2017 23:59
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390405 Educational technology and computing @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education @ 100%
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