Presentation Details

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Cooperation and Communication in Online Mathematics Courses

Kathleen Offenholley.

The online environment can be an excellent environment in which to examine issues of pedagogy such as cooperative learning and student-centered learning.

In online courses, students use asynchronous chats to ask questions, learn new material, and communicate ideas. A well-structured online discussion can help students to build an online community and to learn to work cooperatively with each other.

This presentation will show examples of how online students work with each other in group work and in full-class virtual discussions. It will demonstrate several techniques for encouraging students to participate, and it will detail some pitfalls of the online learning process.

After the presentation, any general or specific questions related to online instruction will be welcome.


Kathleen Offenholley  (United States)
Associate Professor of Mathematics

Brookdale Community College

Kathleen Offenholley has been teaching mathematics for at least the last 15 years. She is also a graduate student at Teachers College, Columbia University. A few years ago, she began to go virtual and has been in love with online teaching and learning ever since.

  • Online
  • Mathematics
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Student Centered

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)