Structuring Collaboration Scripts: Optimizing Online Group Work on Classroom Dilemmas in Teacher Education

Hans Hummel, Walter Geerts, Aad Slootmaker, Derek Kuipers, Wim Westera

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    Serious games can facilitate workplace learning, for instance when collaboration on solving professional problems is involved. The optimal structure in collaboration scripts for such games has appeared to be a key success factor. Free collaboration does not systematically produce effective learning, but imposing too much structure by design might easily disturb the genuine notion of spontaneous collaborative learning. In this study we compare a ‘high- structured’ and ‘low-structured’ version of a mastership game where teachers-intraining discuss solutions on classroom dilemmas. Adequate solutions are discussed and elaborated during small group play, reported in individual advisory reports, and independently assessed by both two teachers and the group peers. We collected data on the differences in learning effects and student appreciation. The most interesting result shows that reports delivered by students that played the low-structured version received significantly higher teacher grades when compared to the high-structured version. Clear differences in peer-assessments were not found. Practical implications of these findings for future research into collaborative scripting will be discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationComputer Supported Education
    Subtitle of host publication6th International Conference, CSEDU 2014, Barcelona, Spain, April 1-3, 2014, Revised Selected Papers
    EditorsSusan Zvacek, Maria Teresa Restivo, James Uhomoibhi, Markus Helfert
    Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
    PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-25768-6
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-25767-9
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    Event6th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Barcelona, Spain
    Duration: 1 Apr 20143 Apr 2014
    Conference number: 6

    Publication series

    SeriesCommunications in Computer and Information Science


    Conference6th International Conference on Computer Supported Education
    Abbreviated titleCSEDU 2014
    Internet address


    • serious games
    • scripted collaboration
    • classroom dilemmas
    • teacher education
    • structure


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