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Towards an electronic voting system in support for consensus in on-line learning discussions

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2 Author(s)
Rodriguez, D. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Multimedia, & Telecommun., Open Univ. of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain ; Caballe, S.

Many e-learning tools have been widely used in online learning settings to support on-line classroom discussions. A typical discussion and reasoning process is based on three stages or types of generic contributions, namely specification, elaboration and consensus. While the two first stages are fully supported by current e-learning tools and systems, the consensus stage is usually neglected. To overcome this deficiency, in this paper we propose an electronic voting system to support on-line discussions and in particular the consensus stage as part of collaborative learning practices. For validation purposes we test a proof of concept of our application in order to validate the notion and nature of the EVS. The results show that our application enhances and improves the user's experience in on-line discussions and during the consensus stage. Furthermore, it is shown that innovative uses of this application can meet new pedagogical needs in an e-learning context.

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Information and Communication Technologies (WICT), 2011 World Congress on

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11-14 Dec. 2011