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Students’ experiences and perceptions of anxiety in online collaborative learning (OCL)

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Rebecca Ferguson
15 May 2017

Jake Hilliard, Karen Kear, Helen Donelan and Caroline Heaney

The increasing use of online collaborative learning (OCL) in higher education institutions has led to much research being undertaken aimed at understanding student opinions of this form of teaching and learning. Although many benefits of this approach have been highlighted, a number of challenges have also been found. One concern that has been raised is that some students experience increased levels of anxiety when taking part in online group work environments (Yoshida et al, 2016; Cowan & Jack, 2013; Allan & Lawless, 2003). This study aims to gain an in-depth understanding of students’ experiences and perceptions of anxiety in OCL.


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