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Distance education: challenges and possibilities for cooperative learning in virtual learning environments

This article is the result of a study that aimed to analyze the possibilities for cooperative learning in virtual learning environments for subjects and trainings offered through the Distance Education (DE) method. The study was conducted by analyzing records in virtual forums of subjects and trainings, presented in a doctoral thesis and two dissertations. Data analysis was guided by research on Jean Piaget cooperative learning. What was found is that the experience of cooperative learning in virtual environments depends on several factors, among them, the teacher and student inhabitant attitude. The inhabitant is the one who learns by proposing, questioning, taking responsibility for the environment, for his learning and the group learning, by performing external and internal mental coordination for the object apprehension under study.

learning; communication; virtual environments.

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