Group awareness of social and cognitive performance in a CSCL environment: Effects of a peer feedback and reflection tool

Chris Phielix*, Frans Prins, Paul A. Kirschner, Gijsbert Erkens, Jos Jaspers

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    Abstract

    A peer feedback tool (Radar) and a reflection tool (Reflector) were used to enhance group performance in a computer-supported collaborative learning environment. Radar allows group members to assess themselves and their fellow group members on six traits related to social and cognitive behavior. Reflector stimulates group members to reflect on their past, present and future group functioning, stimulating them to set goals and formulate plans to improve their social and cognitive performance. The underlying assumption was that group performance would be positively influenced by making group members aware of how they, their peers and the whole group perceive their social and cognitive behavior in the group. Participants were 108 fourth-year high school students working in dyads, triads and groups of four on a collaborative writing task, with or without the tools. Results demonstrate that awareness stimulated by the peer feedback and reflection tools enhances group-process satisfaction and social performance of CSCL-groups.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1087-1102
    Number of pages16
    JournalComputers in Human Behavior
    Volume27
    Issue number3
    Early online date23 Jul 2010
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2011

    Keywords

    • Groupware
    • Peer assessment
    • Peer feedback
    • reflection
    • Group performance

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