A conceptualization of factors affecting collaborative knowledge building in online environments

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Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this paper is to address the major findings of published research on the factors influencing students’ knowledge building in an online collaborative environment.

Design/methodology/approach
The Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses was used to review and synthesize existing empirical studies on knowledge building in a collaborative learning context. In total, 24 studies were identified from major electronic bibliographic databases. The research was conducted between 2017 and 2019. Results of these studies were analyzed to determine potential factors that may influence the knowledge-building process among students.

Findings
Factors related to interaction and participation, task, student and support were found to be the major factors driving students’ knowledge building in the online collaborative learning environment. The association between these factors and certain collaborative tasks was mapped.

Originality/value
Findings from this review can help decision makers of higher education in both developing and developed countries to take the necessary steps in order to promote effective knowledge-building practices in online collaborative learning. It may also help educational policy makers to understand the particulars of collaborative knowledge-building practices, so to increase organizational overall effectiveness and performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-89
JournalOnline Information Review
Volume44
Issue number1
Early online date22 Nov 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Nov 2019

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Keywords

  • Knowledge building
  • Collaborative learning
  • Computer-mediated communication
  • Distributed environments

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