This study discusses the importance of considering motivational and not only cognitive factors when organizing collaborative learning on the Internet. The argument is based on thorough analysis of the characteristics of the modality of writing and forum technology. A study which shows that writing demands greater efforts of the writer than does speech, and that with forum technology social relations are created solely on the verbal level and therefore has to be encouraged by the students’ entourage and promoted in the organization of the collaboration. To promote learning is not just a question of preparing the cognitive subject matter, but also of organizing a motivating learning environ ment that incorporate and appreciate social relations so that the students experience benefits that counter - balance the greater efforts of writing and relating in virtual forums.These deliberations lead to formulation of a number of principles for the organization of collaboration via the Internet. The chapter concludes with a presen tation of an organisation called Web Parliament that honours the principles laid out.
Learning Beyond Cognition, 2007, p. 167-185
Samarbejde via net; demokratididaktik; skriftmodalitet; Forumteknologi; collaboration via the internet; Democratic education; Modality of writing; Forum technology