Engagement in cloud-supported collaborative learning and student knowledge construction: a modeling study

Noria Saeed Baanqud, Hosam Al-Samarraie, Ahmed Ibrahim Alzahrani, Osama Alfarraj

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Many universities, especially in low-income countries, have considered the potential of cloud-supported collaborative learning in planning and managing students’ learning experiences. This is because cloud tools can offer students the necessary skills for collaboration with one another and improving communication between all users. This study examined how cloud tools can help students engage in reflective thinking, knowledge sharing, cognitive engagement, and cognitive presence experiences. The impact of these experiences on students’ functional intellectual ability to construct knowledge was also examined. A quantitative questionnaire was used to collect data from 150 postgraduate students. A reflective–formative hierarchical model was developed to explain students' knowledge construction in the cloud environment. The findings revealed a positive influence of cognitive engagement, knowledge sharing, and reflective thinking on students’ knowledge construction. Outcomes from this study can help decision makers, researchers, and academicians to understand the potential of using cloud-supported collaborative tools in developing individuals’ knowledge construction.

Original languageEnglish
Article number56
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education
Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2020

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  • Collaborative learning
  • Distributed learning environments
  • Improving classroom teaching
  • Learning communities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications


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