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Title: A New Method to Assess the Quality of Collaborative Process in CSCL
Authors: Spada, Hans
Meier, Anne
Rummel, Nikol
Hauser, Sabine
Issue Date: May-2005
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Citation: Spada, H., Meier, A., Rummel, N., & Hauser, S. (2005). A New Method to Assess the Quality of Collaborative Process in CSCL. In Koschmann, T., Suthers, D. D., & Chan, T. (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning 2005 (pp. 622-631). Taipei, Taiwan: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: In CSCL research, the collaborative process the way people collaborate while working on tasks and learning is of central importance. Instructional measures are being developed to improve the quality of the collaboration which itself determines to a great extent the results of working and learning in groups. However, assessing collaborative process is not easy. We have developed a new assessment method by quantitatively rating nine qualitatively defined characteristic dimensions of collaboration. In this paper, we first describe how these dimensions were extracted from video- recordings of dyads collaborating to solve interdisciplinary tasks. Then we explain how the resulting rating system was applied to and tested on another sample. Based on positive findings from this application, we argue that the new method can be recommended for different areas of CSCL research.
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