Promoting Gender Equality in Educational Settings: The Role of Computer Supported Cooperative Learning

Istvan ZSIGMOND
2015 Usak University Journal of Social Sciences  
New media makes possible new forms of collaboration and interaction in educational settings. Group-based instructional methods, as collaborative and cooperative learning can be mediated by specific computer-based applications and methods. In this article arguments are presented for differentiating collaborative and cooperative learning methods on offline and computermediated environments as well. In comparison to CSCL (Computer Supported Collaborative Learning), there is a well-established need
more » ... for further research into the areas of Computer Supported Cooperative learning (CSCpL), with special attention paid for its impact on peer relationships in general, and social inclusion or reducing gender differences in particular. New media -new possibilities The term "new media" has several meanings. We can refer to new media as the new kind of physical material on which data can be recorded, or the new support of information. More often, authors define new media as the possibility to access information without time and space constraints. Accessing large amount of information from anywhere and anytime is a crucial characteristic of new media (connected ICT devices which makes possible storage and access large amount of information), which has consequences on almost every aspect of our life. The use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) is an everyday part of many people's lives, and has an impact on many aspects of society, like education, training and employment, the economic prosperity of individuals and countries, as well as media and information transfer, and leisure activity. Beside the ease of access information with ICT devices, a second important characteristic of new media is the possibility to generate unregulated real-time content. This offers the possibility for content creators and users to interact with each other. Web 1.0 vastly expanded access to information, Web 2.0 allow users to meet and collaborate through online resources (social network sites, blogs, wikis, virtual communities). The importance of this second possibility of ICT based media was somehow * Sr. Lect., Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania Human Sciences
doi:10.12780/uusbd.50473 fatcat:6we3zqhr5zc6vd5d5uinqy65ke