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Saturday, March 17 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Project Assessments to Elicit Students’ Opinions on Collaborative International Online Learning

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COIL integrated modules enable students to participate in online learning with intercultural dimensions to achieve curricular outcomes and become globally engaged, lifelong learners. When designing a COIL project, the technology tools and assessments/assignments used impact students’ interactions, performance and overall learning experience. There is minimal research on students’ perspectives about virtual engagements within online communities. Faculty expectations concerning the type of engagements that could be elicited through specific tools and assessments may not match the students’ opinions of how these impacted their experience and performance.
Dental technology students from the Durban University of Technology in South Africa and dental assisting students from Monroe Community College in New York collaborated on a cross-disciplinary case-based COIL module in spring 2017. Students used various technology mediated tools to achieve curricular outcomes. Project assessments were designed to present didactic content and provide opportunities for intercultural and interdisciplinary engagement.
In navigating the effectiveness of the project, faculty analysed student perspectives elicited through the various assessments. An exploratory qualitative research approach was used to investigate how students perceived their overall learning experience. Student reflective reports, video assignments and team interactions via discussion forums and WhatsApp were reviewed using thematic analysis.
Four prominent themes emerged from student perspectives: co-construction of discipline-specific knowledge; collaborative learning enhanced through technology tools; acquisition of intercultural competencies; and barriers to online learning. Feedback indicated that the COIL module enriched students’ learning experiences, while enabling them to communicate across cultures and between disciplines. Feedback also indicated a need for ongoing technical support and explicit student training prior to implementing a virtual learning project. This presentation will provide evidence of students’ perspectives, whether project goals were met and if students experienced intercultural exchanges as well as provide specific changes that faculty will implement for the project in 2018.


Krista Rodriguez

Associate Professor, Dental Studies, MCC, Monroe Community College
Krista Rodriguez is an Associate Professor in the Dental Studies Department at Monroe Community College where she teaches both dental assisting and dental hygiene courses. She maintains professional licensure to practice both dental hygiene and dental assisting. She achieved a Bachelor... Read More →

Saturday March 17, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Room 4 FIT Conference Center