[j46] N. Avouris, G. Fiotakis, G. Kahrimanis, M. Margaritis and V. Komis, Beyond logging of fingertip actions: analysis of collaborative learning using multiple sources of data, Journal of Interactive Learning Research JILR, vol. 18(2), pp.231-250, Special Issue: Usage Analysis in Learning Systems : Existing Approaches and Scientific Issues. April, 2007 ( pdf ).
In this article we discuss key requirements for collecting behavioural data concerning technology-supported collaborative learning activities. It is argued that the common practice of analysis of computer generated logfiles of user interactions with software tools is not enough for building a thorough view of the activity. Instead more contextual information is needed to be captured in multiple media like video, audio files, snapshots, etc, in order to re-construct the learning process. A software environment, Collaborative Analysis Tool (ColAT) that supports inter-relation of such resources in order to analyse the collected evidence and produce interpretative views of the activity is described.