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This paper reports on the process of introducing collaborative learning
activities in the context of open and distance learning. In particular it presents the
findings and the lessons learned from introducing a computer-supported synchronous
collaboration activity in an introductory module of the Hellenic Open University
computer science course. Synergo, a peer to peer interaction software that supports
such an approach using low bandwidth Internet connection, was used in this study.
The organizational, technical and academic challenges of introducing the activity in
the curriculum are discussed. Finally, after analyzing students’ interaction, their
views and evaluation of the produced results, a number of conclusions related to
students’ interaction are presented.