“Our goal is to equip our new students with the necessary tools to be successful at college,” said Dr. Donald C Peters, President of the Dominica State College. “We want to provide our students with all the information they need to enjoy a strong start, while simultaneously creating opportunities to meet new friends, to engage in the community, and to enjoy the social aspects of College life.”
The social scientist Robert Axelrod (1990) notes that cooperation involves mutual reciprocity and that there may always be an element of self-interest in any cooperative endeavor as well as a concern for others, or for the welfare of the group as a whole. The social aspect of collaborative learning is most critical to it's success. The building of an environment of mutual trust, respect, patience, concern for the other's welfare are all essential elements to successful virtual learning teams. As noted by Johnson and Smith (1991):
For this assignment, your team will hold a discussion in Second Life in your team area related to completing the following task:
Social Aspects of Collaborative Learning
Michael Hammond (1999) discussed issues associated with participation in online forums.
Parents/guardians, students (8th – 12th grade), community leaders andprofessionals are invited to attend this workshop that will address the socialaspect of college readiness, the successful navigation of high school andparent/ youth communications skills.
All students in the class played the three games and rated them on their playability, their conformance to the expected specifications, and their inclusion of elements from the course – use of inductive and deductive logic, cause and effect, repetitive use of the question-test-analysis cycle, and so forth. Students from the other groups praised this game for its focus on the social aspects of college and how self-esteem can be affected by, and can in turn influence, decisions made and college performance. Congratulations to this group for their excellent final project.