Proactive behaviour may lead to failure in virtual project-based collaborative learning

Pernille Bjørn, Morten Hertzum

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    This paper argues that proactive behaviour, caused by high engagement and motivation of the learners, may lead to failure of collaborative learning. By examining empirical data from real-world text-only virtual negotiations between dispersed participants engaged in project-based collaborative learning, we discover that volunteering self-initiated activities promotes the participants’ individualistic behaviour. Also, the technology made it easy for participants to include their own statements in new contributions and deconstruct the statements of others, permitting few opportunities for others to influence proposals.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGROUP'05 : Proceedings of the 2005 International ACM SIGGROUP Conference on Supporting Group Work
    EditorsKjeld Schmidt, Mark Pendergast, Mark Ackerman, Gloria Mark
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    Publication date2005
    ISBN (Print)1-59593-223-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    EventGROUP'05 - Sanibel Island, Florida, United States
    Duration: 6 Nov 20059 Nov 2005


    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CitySanibel Island, Florida


    • CSCW
    • Virtual teams
    • collaborative learning
    • distance learning

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