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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; Salomon, 2011).
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.

The TEC Model

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