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Fade-out and Peer Monitor Techniques in Tools for Scripted Argumentation: Evaluation Results from a Case Study

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3 Author(s)
Bouyias, Y.N. ; Multimedia Lab., Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece ; Demetriadis, S.N. ; Karakostas, A.

In this work we present empirical data on the impact of implementing (a) micro-script fade-out and (b) peer monitoring techniques in the context of a web-based argumentation activity in a computer science course. We used the iArgue tool which is a web tool for argumentation incorporating collaboration scripts to structure peer interaction. Additionally, it supports fade-out and peer-monitoring techniques. During the activity students followed the phases of a jigsaw script while micro script support on argumentation faded-out and prompts were activated to remind students to check the validity of their partners' contributions (peer-monitor). Our results demonstrate the feasibility of incorporating argumentation in computer science courses and provide useful information for improved design of fade-out and peer monitoring techniques to support students' argumentation.

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Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT), 2010 IEEE 10th International Conference on

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5-7 July 2010