ERIC Number: ED428732
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
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Supporting Distance Learners for Collaborative Problem Solving.
Verdejo, M. F.; Barros, B.; Abad, M. T.
This paper describes a computer-supported environment designed to facilitate distance learning through collaborative problem-solving. The goal is to encourage distance learning students to work together, in order to promote both learning of collaboration and learning through collaboration. Collaboration is defined as working together on a common problem, communicating, and coordinating activities towards a shared goal. A system is proposed embedding three models: an activity model, a domain model, and a conversational model. The system can support asynchronous collaboration in a number of dimensions: giving structure to activities and communication to articulate the problem-solving task; supplying a share space to build jointly common knowledge; providing relevant know-how by case and techniques libraries; and facilitating further reflection on the whole learning process. Preliminary results indicate that this approach is promising regarding establishing collaborative distance frameworks to enhance students' learning processes. Topics discussed include: features of the distance learning scenario, including institutional framework, kind of scenario, learners, settings, and facilities; the modeling approach used; and developing an application, including the activity model, dialogue model, domain model, and learner interface. A table presents the definition of specification as a complex activity; and a figure illustrates the learner interface. (Author/DLS)
Descriptors: Case Method (Teaching Technique), Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Interfaces, Computer Managed Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Cooperative Learning, Courseware, Distance Education, Educational Environment, Educational Technology, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Learning Processes, Models, Problem Solving
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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