Online Project-based Collaborative Learning: Complex Evaluation of Students

By Mohammad Essawi and Oleg Tilchin.

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Using contemporary technological tools in education requires the realization of existent effective learning models in the online environment. One such model is the Project-Based Collaborative Learning (PBCL) model. This model organizes learning by performing various projects. Consequently, students are directed to gain knowledge and skills that are essential for their future professional activity. However, in order to effectively implement the PBCL model in an online environment a model enhancement is required. A constructive path of enhancing PBCL is stipulated by the development of a suitable tool for the evaluation of students. In this paper we describe an innovative approach to a complex, dynamic evaluation of learning of individual students in a PBCL environment. Complexity of evaluation is provided by forming the combined assessments of depth of built knowledge of different knowledge levels. The integrated assessment of a student involves an assessment by an instructor, a self-assessment, peer assessments of built knowledge, and an assessment of collaborative skills. Dynamics of evaluation is expressed by a change of fixed assessments by crossing from one phase of PBCL to another. The proposed coefficient of success of studying a subject serves as an effective tool of knowledge building analysis. The approach provides stimulation to build deeper, higher-order knowledge and facilitates knowledge sharing among students. The approach creates a basis for developing a tool of computer mediated, complex, dynamic assessment of PBCL.

Keywords: Online Project-based Collaborative Learning, Complex Dynamic Evaluation, Stimulation of Knowledge Building, Facilitation of Knowledge Sharing

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.101-116. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 817.254KB).

Dr. Mohammad Essawi

President, Al- Qasemi Academic College of Education, Baqa El- Gharbieh, Israel

Mohamad Essawi (Ph.D) is currently president of Al Qasemi Academy, an Arab College of Education in Israel. Central to Dr. Essawi’s work are planning and managing Human Resource Development (HRD), the development of a human society of knowledge, and a culture of dialogue, partnership and education for a shared life among cultures. In addition to his academic and educational expertise, Dr. Essawi is an expert in organization and management development; he is an organizational counselor and assessor authorized by the European Foundation of Quality Management (EFQM). Dr. Essawi has also co-headed the public committee of Education for a shared life.

Oleg Tilchin

Professor, Department of Computer Science, Al- Qasemi Academic College of Education, Baqa El- Gharbieh, Israel

Oleg Tilchin holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Cybernetics and Information Theory in 1978. He specializes in information systems, knowledge management systems and methods of combinatorial optimization.

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