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Modelling interaction during small-group synchronous problem-solving activities:The Synergo approach
[c93] Avouris N., Margaritis M., and Komis V., Modelling interaction during small-group synchronous problem-solving activities: The Synergo approach, 2nd International Workshop on Designing Computational Models of Collaborative Learning Interaction, ITS2004, 7th Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, pp. 13-18, Maceio, Brasil, September 2004. (pdf)


Abstract

Monitoring and analysis of activities of small groups of students - collocated or at a distance- engaged in synchronous collaborative problem solving activity is the subject of this paper. This is discussed in the frame of Synergo, a new synchronous collaboration support environment that monitors the activity and permits visualization of various quantitative parameters, like density of interaction, symmetry of partnersʼ activity, degree of collaboration etc, particularly useful for understanding the mechanics of collaboration. Synergo has been used for synchronous building of flow charts, concept maps, entity-relation diagrams and other semantic modeling activities by small groups of students and has been proposed as a testbed for micro-analysis of small scale interaction in order to gain an insight in collaborative learning.

Keywords

Synchronous collaborative problem solving, analysis of collaborative activity, collaboration factor

 



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