Challenges with social software for collaboration: Two case studies from teacher training

  • Teemu Valtonen University of Eastern Finland Faculty of Philosophy www.uef.fi/toty
  • Sari Havu-Nuutinen University of Eastern Finland Faculty of Philosophy www.uef.fi/toty
  • Patrick Dillon University of Eastern Finland Faculty of Philosophy www.uef.fi/toty
  • Sini Kontkanen University of Eastern Finland Faculty of Philosophy www.uef.fi/toty
  • Mikko Vesisenaho University of Eastern Finland Faculty of Philosophy www.uef.fi/toty
  • Susanna Pöntinen University of Eastern Finland Faculty of Philosophy www.uef.fi/toty
Keywords: collaborative learning, social software, teacher training, teacher students, pre-service teachers

Abstract

This paper provides an insight into challenges with collaborative learning using social software. It reports two case studies conducted in a teacher training department in a Finnish university. Although the case studies were concerned with providing teacher students with inspiring and motivating experiences of using ICT in pedagogically meaningful ways, the research design was set up so that challenges could be identified and investigated. Results reveal several factors that are related to challenges of learning collaboratively with social software. The main challenge concerns students’ understanding of what it means to learn collaboratively. It would seem that the added value of interaction and collaboration is poorly recognised. Furthermore, implications for teacher training are discussed.

Published
2013-11-14
How to Cite
Valtonen, T., Havu-Nuutinen, S., Dillon, P., Kontkanen, S., Vesisenaho, M., & Pöntinen, S. (2013). Challenges with social software for collaboration: Two case studies from teacher training. Seminar.Net, 9(1). Retrieved from https://journals.hioa.no/index.php/seminar/article/view/2391
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Articles