Points of cooperation: Integrating cooperative learning into web-based courses

  • Martin Wessner
  • Hans-Rüdiger Pfister
Part of the Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning book series (CULS, volume 9)

Abstract: Current web-based courses provide only limited means to support cooperative forms of learning. In this paper we introduce the notion of “Point of Cooperation (PoC)” to classify a wide range of cooperative learning activities in a networked learning environment. With respect to the extent a cooperative activity is integrated into a web-based course we distinguish between Generic (GPoC), Spontaneous (SPoC), and Intended (IPoC) Points of Cooperation. The PoC concept is compared with traditional web-based learning environments. We outline how PoCs are integrated into a course from the course author's point-of-view, and we describe how PoCs are handled during the ongoing learning process, including the management of PoCs, the execution of PoCs, the integration of communication and cooperation tools, and the management of the cooperation’s results. We then describe the project “L3: Lifelong learning as a basic need”, a German federally funded project which serves as a use case for the PoC approach. Finally, the process of learning group formation as a prerequisite for cooperative learning is analysed in more detail.


Group Formation Cooperative Learning Cooperative Activity Computer Support Collaborative Learn Knowledge Unit 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Wessner
    • 1
  • Hans-Rüdiger Pfister
    • 2
  1. 1.Fraunhofer IPSIDarmstadtGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Experimental Industrial Psychology (LueneLab)University of LüneburgLüneburgGermany

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