Effects of peer-tutor competences on learner cognitive load and learning performance during knowledge sharing

  • Amy Hsiao (Speaker)
  • Brouns, F. (Speaker)
  • Jan van Bruggen (Speaker)
  • Peter Sloep (Speaker)

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationAcademic

    Description

    In Learning Networks, learners need to share knowledge with others to build knowledge. In particular, when working on complex tasks, they often need to acquire extra cognitive resources from others to process a high task load. However, without support high task load and organizing knowledge sharing themselves might easily overload learners’ limited cognitive capacities because learners first have to find relevant peer tutors (i.e., those who provide help) and then maintain the social interaction. We propose to design a peer-support system that selects tutors and provides support during knowledge sharing. The pilot study reported here investigated the effects of two peer tutor competences, tutoring skills vs. content knowledge, on tutees’ (i.e., those who need help) cognitive load and learning performance. The results show that tutees supported by tutors with tutoring skills experienced lower cognitive load and had better learning performance than did tutees supported by tutors with content knowledge. This is in line with our assumption, but for confirmation we need to gather more data in a full study. We need to first use a task that requires learners to rely on others to trigger higher cognitive skills to deal with high task load. Secondly we need to find a modus to ensure that the tutors follow the instructions to apply the particular competence.DS_Description: Hsiao, Y. P., Brouns, F., Van Bruggen, J., & Sloep, P. B. (2012, 19-21 October). Effects of peer-tutor competences on learner cognitive load and learning performance during knowledge sharing. Presentation at IADIS International Conference Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age (CELDA) 2012, Madrid, Spain.
    Period19 Oct 201221 Oct 2012
    Event titleIADIS International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in the Digital Age
    Event typeConference
    LocationMadrid, Spain
    Degree of RecognitionInternational