Awareness of cognitive and social behaviour in a CSCL environment

Paul A. Kirschner*, Karel Kreijns, C. Phielix, Jos Fransen

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Abstract

Most distributed and virtual online environments for and pedagogies of computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) neglect the social and social-emotional aspects underlying the group dynamics of learning and working in a CSCL group. These group dynamics often determine whether the group will develop into a well-performing team and whether a sound social space emerges. Using a theory-based CSCL framework, two studies evaluated whether two tools, Radar and Reflector, supported cognitive, social and socio-emotional aspects of team development, encouraging promotive interaction and group processing in the teams. While not affecting product quality, tool use did lead to groups who perceived their team as being better developed, as having higher levels of group satisfaction and lower levels of conflicts. The results support that promotive interaction and group processing was increased by using Radar and Reflector.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-77
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Computer Assisted Learning
Volume31
Issue number1
Early online date20 Oct 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2015

Keywords

  • CSCL
  • group processing
  • promotive interaction
  • social interaction
  • social space

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