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ERIC Number: ED562162
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
Collaborative Problem Solving in Shared Space
Lin, Lin; Mills, Leila A.; Ifenthaler, Dirk
International Association for Development of the Information Society, Paper presented at the International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS) International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in the Digital Age (CELDA) (12th, Maynooth, Greater Dublin, Ireland, Oct 24-26, 2015)
The purpose of this study was to examine collaborative problem solving in a shared virtual space. The main question asked was: How will the performance and processes differ between collaborative problem solvers and independent problem solvers over time? A total of 104 university students (63 female and 41 male) participated in an experimental study. Participants were randomly assigned to four different experimental groups: individual & multi-tasking, collaborative & multi-tasking, individual & single-tasking, and collaborative & single-tasking. Results showed that the participants who collaborated and had multi-tasking activities outperformed the others. Additionally, collaboration helped to improve overall performance over time. The study offers insights for collaborative learning from both theoretical and methodological perspectives. [For the full proceedings, see ED562093.]
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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