A Proposed Collaborative Computer Network-Based Learning Model for Undergraduate Students with Different Learning Styles


In this information and communication technology age, computer network-based learning is widely used for expanding learning opportunities and facilitating learning activities to students separated by time and distance as well as for delivering effective content to students and instructors interacting with each other in a face-to-face classroom. Collaborative Computer Network Based Learning (CCNBL), in particular, is appropriate for learner center, constructivist, and problems-solving activities in that it uses computer network technologies for effective communication in learning activities. However, differences in student learning styles are one of the major problems that affect all students who prefer not use the same style of activity for effective learning. With that in mind, the best method is to use specific activities designed for each student learning style but this is difficult to do because there are a wide variety of student characteristics in virtual classroom. This research shows a way to solve this problem by developing Collaborative Computer Network Based Learning model for all student learning styles to receive effective learning at the same level by using KOLB’s learning styles. By supporting learning activities for this developing prototype model, designers can integrate collaborative learning technologies and collaborative learning strategies in the design and development process. The result from this process is an appropriate Collaborative Computer Network Based Learning model for higher education level.

KEYWORDS: Collaborative Learning, Learning Styles, Computer Network-Based Learning