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Title: Collaborative Learning in Facebook: Can Argument Structure Facilitate Academic Opinion Change?
Authors: Tsovaltzi, Dimitra
Weinberger, Armin
Scheuer, Oliver
Dragon, Toby
McLaren, Bruce M.
Issue Date: Jun-2013
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Tsovaltzi, D., Weinberger, A., Scheuer, O., Dragon, T., & McLaren, B. M. (2013). Collaborative Learning in Facebook: Can Argument Structure Facilitate Academic Opinion Change?. In Rummel, N., Kapur, M., Nathan, M., & Puntambekar, S. (Eds.), To See the World and a Grain of Sand: Learning across Levels of Space, Time, and Scale: CSCL 2013 Conference Proceedings Volume 2 — Short Papers, Panels, Posters, Demos & Community Events (pp. 177-180). Madison, WI: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Social networking services (SNS), such as Facebook, are an increasingly important platform for computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL). However, little is known about whether and how academic opinion change and argumentative knowledge construction (AKC) can be facilitated in SNS. Existing argumentation practice in informal SNS discussions typically lacks elaboration and argumentative quality. We investigate the potential benefits of argument structure provided through individual computer-supported argument diagramming to foster academically sound opinions in the context of Facebook. In a quasi-experimental lab study, we found evidence of academic opinion change along with correlations of opinion change with knowledge gains.
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