ON DEMAND: Re-imagining Collaborative Discussions to Bolster Cognitive Learning in Online Courses


  • Graziella McCarron
  • Larisa Olesova
  • Brianna Calkins


In this video, we will share results of a George Mason-based study in which cognitive learning markers were examined for one, fully online asynchronous undergraduate class over the course of 3 offerings (Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020). We explore how students’ representations of cognitive learning in collaborative online discussions changed over the course of the terms as well as potential influences that affected cognitive learning (e.g., course leadership roles, personal demographics). We will discuss how instructors can design collaborative discussion experiences that challenge students to engage with material and each other in a more complex fashion.

Participants will be able to…
• Articulate the core elements of cognitive learning, as guided by the Yang et al. (2011) framework, that can be expressed through online collaborative discussions.
• Generate new ideas relevant to their online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses aimed at fostering collaborative discussions to bolster cognitive learning.

Author Biography

Graziella McCarron

***TEA 2018 Winner***





2021 On Demand Pre-recorded Presentation