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Pages: 6001-6007
Publication year: 2016
ISBN: 978-84-608-5617-7
ISSN: 2340-1079
doi: 10.21125/inted.2016.0430

Conference name: 10th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 7-9 March, 2016
Location: Valencia, Spain

COMPUTER SUPPORTED COLLABORATIVE LEARNING (CSCL): THE GROUP FORMATION PROCESS AS A KEY TO STRUCTURE INTERACTION

N. Hernández Sellés1, P.C. Muñoz-Carril2, M. González-Sanmamed3

1Centro Superior de Estudios Universitarios La Salle (SPAIN)
2University of Santiago de Compostela. (SPAIN)
3University of A Coruña (SPAIN)
Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) is a strong presence in online learning. Grounded on its social dimension, CSCL promotes different kinds of learning, related to cognitive development and to the acquisition of transversal competences. It is important to note that this kind of learning can only occur when group interaction is structured considering the learning dimension, the organizational elements which root an internal cohesion and the personal elements intervening in any group exchange. The group and its performance, particularly its interaction in the process, seem one of the keys to a successful experience. That’s why group formation in collaboration keeps continuous attention from scholars. It seems essential to determine group characteristics and define the group-building process. Part of this process has to incorporate the drafting of ‎‎group agreements.

The purpose of this study is to analyze the group formation process in collaboration, as part of the organization prior to task development. The research was carried out based on a non-experimental quantitative methodology consisting of a questionnaire answered by 106 undergraduate students from 5 different CSCL-based subjects. Results show the need to provide enough time for group creation as well as clear instructions. Students prefer groups composed of 3-4 members with distributed roles and prefer to form the groups by themselves. They also demand collaborative drafting of group agreements.
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DO - 10.21125/inted.2016.0430
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N. Hernández Sellés, P.C. Muñoz-Carril, M. González-Sanmamed (2016) COMPUTER SUPPORTED COLLABORATIVE LEARNING (CSCL): THE GROUP FORMATION PROCESS AS A KEY TO STRUCTURE INTERACTION, INTED2016 Proceedings, pp. 6001-6007.
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