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A Virtual Group Workspace for Rationale Sharing in Distributed Collaborative Learning Activities

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1 Author(s)
Lu Xiao ; Fac. of Inf. & Media Studies, Univ. of Western Ontario, ON

Studies in collaborative learning have shown that collaborative learning is an appropriate model for higher education. The cognitive processes making up collaborative learning include explanation, internalization, conflict, appropriation, shared cognitive load, mutual regulation and social grounding. This paper reports the design and evaluation of a collaborative tool for supporting a distributed collaborative learning activity of a college class. Unique from the pre-existing educational technologies, this tool provides shared document-based rationale spaces in the group workspace enabling students to document and share their rationales of the documents. The studentspsila experiences of using the tool in their group work were studied. The results show that engaging in the process of documenting.

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Computer Science and Software Engineering, 2008 International Conference on  (Volume:5 )

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12-14 Dec. 2008