Collaborative problem solving processes in a scenario-based multi-user environment

Shannon Kennedy-Clark*, Kate Thompson, Debbie Richards

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Abstract

This paper presents the results of a study aimed at gaining an understanding of the process that groups use to solve scientific inquiry problems in a scenario-based multi-user virtual environment. In this study' 12 university students worked in pairs to complete either a structured or unstructured problem in a virtual environment. The pairs were recorded using screen-capture software. The data was coded using a modified decision function coding scheme. The results of the study indicate that participants in the unstructured activity were less likely to arrive at an outcome. Moreover' participants spent more time implementing navigation goals than implementing inquiry-based goals. Overall' the results indicate that scaffolding that supports orientation processes should be incorporated into collaborative problem solving activities in a virtual environment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConnecting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice: CSCL 2011 Conf. Proc. - Short Papers and Posters, 9th International Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference
EditorsHans Spada, Gerry Stahl, Naomi Miyake, Nancy Law
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages706-710
Number of pages5
Volume2
ISBN (Print)9780578091532
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event9th International Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference: Connecting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice, CSCL 2011 - Hong Kong, China
Duration: 4 Jul 20118 Jul 2011

Other

Other9th International Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference: Connecting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice, CSCL 2011
CountryChina
CityHong Kong
Period4/07/118/07/11

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