CSCL Tools for Regulating Collaboration & Teamwork
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Mariel Miller & Allyson Hadwin, University of Victoria ...
Mariel Miller & Allyson Hadwin, University of Victoria
Presented at the 2013 conference for the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE)
Increasing emphasis on collaboration in academic and work contexts means learners are required to develop skills for regulating teamwork. The purpose of this study was to examine scripting and visualization tools for supporting regulation of shared task perceptions during a complex collaborative task. Prior to the task, groups engaged in individual and group planning using either (a) a scripting tool structuring regulation including task analysis, or (b) a scripting tool augmented with visualization of each member’s task perceptions. Findings indicated that, in both groups, shared task perceptions were generally accurate in relation to the instructor’s expectations. However, groups (a) struggled to construct consensus among diverse individual perceptions, (b) demonstrated little active and purposeful construction of shared task perceptions, and (c) encountered planning related challenges during collaboration. Groups showed small improvements across assignments, however, many difficulties re-occurred.
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