Peer to peer adult learning engagement in online collaborative learning: Characteristics and learning outcomes

Adam Abedini, Babak Abedin, Iwona Miliszewska

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The purpose of this study is to investigate an under-researched area of adult learning in informal and unstructured online spaces. The first phase of the project involved a systematic review of 31 studies on adult learners’ peer-to-peer (P2P) interactions in online learning environments. The aspects explored were: (1), the characteristics of adult P2P engagement in online collaborative learning environments; (2), the impacts of that engagement on the learning outcomes of adult learners; and (3), the factors that could facilitate or hinder adult engagement in such environments. The review revealed that most studies investigated the broad effects of P2P adult learning on learning outcomes. These effects suggest that: (1) the adult learning efficiency could be improved through the application of more specialized approaches; and (2), that various unexplored factors may be important in facilitating P2P adult learning. This research will allow for better consideration of adult learning processes and activities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPACIS 2017
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 21st Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems
Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
PublisherAIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Event21st Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems: Societal Transformation Through IS/IT, PACIS 2017 - Langkawi, Malaysia
Duration: 16 Jul 201720 Jul 2017


Conference21st Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems: Societal Transformation Through IS/IT, PACIS 2017


  • Learning outcomes
  • Online collaborative learning
  • Peer-to-peer engagement
  • Systematic review

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