Heterogeneity of learning material in synchronous computer-supported collaborative modelling
Computers & Education Volume 44, Number 2, ISSN 0360-1315 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
This paper examines the effect of heterogeneous resources, available to students, during computer-supported collaborative problem solving. A study of collaborative modeling has been conducted in the frame of an authentic educational activity in a secondary school. The students involved were provided with sets of primitive resources of varying degrees of heterogeneity to be used during synchronous computer-mediated modeling activities. Analysis of students' peer interaction and of the produced solutions revealed that, contrary to our expectations, the group with heterogeneous resources produced solutions of similar quality to those of the reference group, although they were more active, they exchanged more messages, they were involved in deeper discussions and collaborated more for building the constituent parts of the solution.
Fidas, C., Komis, V., Tzanavaris, S. & Avouris, N. (2005). Heterogeneity of learning material in synchronous computer-supported collaborative modelling. Computers & Education, 44(2), 135-154. Elsevier Ltd.