How germane is your load?

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  1. decimon

    decimon Well-Known Member

    (This study is of online learning.)


    The Moderating Effects of Group Work on the Relationship Between Motivation and Cognitive Load


    http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/3325/4499

    Conclusion and Limitations

    When specific interactive elements are not included within e-learning environments due to the impracticality resulting from massive enrollment, it is beneficial for students to participate in semi-formal group work that can help them process shared information in a way that is helpful to learning. The results of this study highlight the importance of such group work for those students who are less intrinsically motivated, as they tend to benefit more from collaborating with other students who are taking the same class. Based on the results of this study, in settings where online interaction may be limited, semi-formal group work should be encouraged as a means of enhancing the learning experience, specifically to those who may be less intrinsically motivated. Encouraging such group work may allow low intrinsically motivated students to enhance their cognitive processing in a way that ultimately contributes to their understanding of the e-learning content. The practical significance of the currents study is that unlike previous research, semiformal learning among online learners is promoted as a means to promote learning among low motivated students who are the main beneficiaries of the knowledge sharing process. There are, however, limitations to this study. Unfortunately, the complexity of the tasks undertaken by the OCU students is unknown. Therefore, it is unknown whether the complexity of the tasks played a role in how much or how little the students benefited from group work. Examining this would provide more insight into the results of the current study. Additionally, taking a qualitative approach to this study may provide clearer picture into how students specifically processed information within the semi-formal groups, and whether such strategies ultimately contributed to the learning process.
     
  2. Kizmet

    Kizmet 版主 Moderator

    So there's probably some kind of bell curve measure regarding student interaction and it's benefit toward learning. Personally I find this very easy to believe. I'm guessing there might be some differentiation between courses like Math and, let's say, Political Science but even Math nerds talk to each other about course material in a classroom environment. One of the things that comes to mind is to question the quality of learning that occurs in schools like the Big 3 where there is no interaction at all, just a bunch of people taking CLEP tests with no interaction at all.
     
  3. decimon

    decimon Well-Known Member

    On the whole, I thought this served to confirm what is commonly believed. For one, the better, more motivated students will carry the weaker students in group study.

    I read maybe half of the article. More citations and graphs and jargon seemed superfluous.

    I haven't taken a CLEP exam or an online class but the difference is obvious.
     
  4. cookderosa

    cookderosa Resident Chef

    OMG Decimon. Your thread title cracked me up, and it's not at all about what I thought.
     
  5. decimon

    decimon Well-Known Member

    C'mon, I'm a serious guy. :emoji_scream:

    If you at all peruse the article then please give your opinion.
     

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