Productivity in online CSCL groups: A Rasch analysis approach to the preliminary validation of the productivity scale

C. Kreijns, M.A. Henderikx, Joshua Weidlich

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The current research on computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) point to the many benefits of group learning. However, these benefits can only be achieved when groups are productive and attaining productivity within CSCL groups is not easy. Assigning students to groups and asking them to
collaborate does not guarantee that productive social interaction will take place. This is even more true in online CSCL: even when the virtual learning environment (VLE) provides an abundance of computermediated communication (CMC) tools to communicate, it may not necessarily lead to increased social interaction that is also productive. For that reason, pedagogical techniques are necessary to facilitate productive social interaction. These techniques may encompass structuring the group learning, developing group regulation skills, taking care of the group task characteristics, and selecting an appropriate virtual learning environment (VLE) for group learning. To determine whether these techniques are effective in enhancing productive social interaction requires measurement of the
productivity in the CSCL group. However, an instrument to measure this is lacking. The paper presents a preliminary Productivity Scale using a polytomous scale with five rating steps. The Productivity scale was validated using Winsteps version 4.8.0 that implements the Rasch Measurement Model. Although the Productivity scale is preliminary, the psychometric properties of the instrument are good and,
therefore, the scale can already be used in group learning research that consider CSCL groups.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationINTED2022 Proceedings
Subtitle of host publication16th International Technology, Education and Development Conference March 7th-8th, 2022 Virtual Conference
Editors Luis Gómez Chova, Agustín López Martínez, Ignacio Candel Torres
Place of PublicationValencia, Spain
PublisherIATED Academy
Pages 2265 -2274
ISBN (Electronic)978-84-09-37758-9
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2022
Event16th International Technology, Education and Development Conference - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 7 Mar 20228 Mar 2022
Conference number: 16

Publication series

SeriesINTED Proceedings


Conference16th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Abbreviated titleINTED 2022


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