Students as active co-designers in an online learning environment

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This paper is based on an online seminar on ICT and Learning in Organizations where the traditional practice of using online discussions was challenged by expecting the students not only individually to take part in online discussions but also on a group basis to discuss what kind of opening question they would pose in order to invite co-students to take part in the online dialogue. Thus in contrast to the traditional understanding of the teacher as sole designer of the learning environment, the students were involved as active co-designers. They constantly engaged in dialogue both with fellow group members and other participating students. Drawing on theories of dialogic digital communication and collaborative learning, the paper will analyze students´ participation in dialogically organized online seminars and reflect on the challenges for students as independent and interconnected learners and the many varied dimensions of the teacher role.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date9 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2016
Event66th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association: Communicating With Power - Fukuoka Sea Hawk Hilton Hotel, Fukuoka, Japan
Duration: 9 Jun 201613 Jun 2016 (Link to konference)


Conference66th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association
LocationFukuoka Sea Hawk Hilton Hotel
Internet address


  • online communication
  • online learning
  • Collaboration
  • co-design
  • co-production, collaborative leadership
  • Virtual Learning Environments
  • Problem based learning
  • Problem based Networked Learning
  • Dialogue
  • Teacher roles

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