The TEC Model
The activities in the courses, all developed by the TEC Center, employ advanced
Internet technologies and are based on a collaborative learning model called the
TEC model. The TEC model is derived from the contact hypothesis, (Allport, 1954;
Amir, 1969; Pettigrew & Tropp, 2000), collaboration theories (Johnson & Johnson
1994; Slavin, 1989) and models of online collaborative learning (Austin, 2006;
The Tec Model is basically a model for Trust Building in Online Collaborative
Environments. It is implemented by the educators of the participating groups,
within small teams from diverse cultures, progressing from online communication
(written, oral, video) to face-to-face interaction, in order to gradually build
trust between participants (Hoter, Shonfeld & Ganayem, 2009).
The model works through online collaboration via joint assignments over a period
of at least one year. Team members get to know each other, develop mutual
respect, eliminate stigmas and reduce mutual prejudices.