Designing and Implementing a CSCL-based Course on the Data Security of a Wireless Learning Environment

Hanna Vuojärvi 1 *, Hannakaisa Isomäki 2

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This article reports on a design-based research (DBR) process for designing and implementing a computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) course on the data security of wireless learning environments. The study focuses on examining how university students practice data security when learning on a wireless campus, how data security aspects appear in this study and how students perceive the role of data security in CSCL. The research subjects included six pilot students and eight students enrolled in the course. To promote the reliability of the findings, various kinds of data were used. The data was analysed following the grounded theory approach. The results suggest that data security should be considered an integral part of CSCL-based courses and that students need to be taught the basics of managing the data security of their information and communication technology (ICT) enhanced learning environment regardless of the main subject of their studies.


Design-based research Computer-supported collaborative learning Data security Higher education.


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Article Type: Research Article

Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp. 57-78

Published Online: 24 Apr 2012

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