A systematic review of cloud computing tools for collaborative learning: Opportunities and challenges to the blended-learning environment

Hosam Al-Samarraie, Noria Saeed

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Abstract

The use of online collaborative learning activities has been notably supported by cloud computing. Although specific reference has been made to a certain online application or service, there has been no clear understanding of how different cloud computing tools have shaped the concept of collaborative learning, and the extent to which these resources are accessible to today's students. Thus, a review of the literature was conducted to identify studies on cloud computing tools for collaborative learning in a blended classroom. The review of the literature led to the inclusion of 29 relevant studies categorized as synchronized tools, Learning Management System (LMS) tools, and social networking tools. The review results revealed a set of evidences supporting the use of certain cloud computing tools for certain collaborative learning activities categorized under sharing, editing, communication and discussion. The key opportunities and challenges associated with the use of these tools in a blended learning context were also identified and discussed. Findings from this study will certainly help academicians, practitioners and researchers to understand the potential of using cloud computing environments from a wider perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-91
Number of pages15
JournalComputers and Education
Volume124
Early online date25 May 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Collaborative learning
  • Distance education and telelearning
  • Learning communities
  • Lifelong learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Education

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