Technology to Facilitate Online Group Formation
           Lin Lin, Ed. D., University of North Texas, TX
           Brenda I. Lopez Ortiz, Ed. D., St. John’s University, NY
This study examines technologies students use, and the reasons they choose to use 
them while forming groups during online problem-based learning (PBL). The data 
were collected from twenty-five students’ online written interactions through 
discussion board postings, chats, blogs, and wikis and from their responses to 
two surveys. The findings indicate that when forming groups online for PBL projects, 
students chose technologies to which they had easy access and ones that matched the 
tasks at hand. Implications of the findings are discussed in the paper. 

		Academic Exchange Quarterly  Spring 2009: Volume 13, Issue 1  
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