Case study design
The Foundations of Virtual Collaborative Learning Framework

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • explain foundations of VCL framework
  • identify goals of VCL implementation
  • explain VCL design dimensions

To start with, we invite you to have a quick look at ONLINE COLLABORATIVE Learning by watching a video (link below).

Watch the video An Introduction to Online Collaborative Learning

*OPTIONAL. Please, read material to get deeper understanding about Collaborative Online International Learning by SUNY COIL Centre.

When reflecting on the video just watched, the following questions might arise:

  • Why is it important to offer online collaborative learning (OCL) to students? What are the specific skills addressed by OCL arrangements? Why can traditional teaching scenarios (frontal teaching, provision of learning content for largely individualized learning, etc.) not develop these skills sufficiently?
  • What is the benefit of collaborative learning versus individual learning? How should collaborative learning teams be formed (group size, diversity, pre-knowledge, disciplinarity, etc.)?
  • How should the case scenarios and derived tasks be adapted, considering the respective target groups (students from elementary/secondary/high schools, Bachelor, or Master students)?
  • Are there frameworks for case design, training of e-tutors to facilitate OCL processes, the design of digital platforms fostering OCL, or the integration of learning analytics for the support of tele-tutorial feedback, guidance, or assessment?

In this lesson we present the VCL framework as one possible supportive approach, focussing on online collaborative, case-based learning in Higher Education.