The generating, organizing and synthesizing of ideas through the use of technology and communication through technology. Clearly defined goals, defining acceptable behaviors, and the instructor facilitates learning through ongoing presence, monitors and interjects as necessary. Provides opportunities for collaboration, scaffolding, critical thinking, and problem-solving.
Being clear in learning outcomes of each assignment, and understanding the limitations of group work based on the individual learner's fears such as the impact on grade, "group mentality." Constructing flexibility within the assignments to be based on group & individual work, providing support to meet students where they are and a balance of interdependence and individual accountability. Assessing the processes and products of work (Swan, Shen, Hiltz).