[c129] Andreatos A., Avouris N., Analysing collaborative problem solving activities with Synergo, Proceedings of 4th International Conference on Open and Distance Learning, November 2007 (ICODL 2007 ), Athens, Greece (pdf )
AbstractThis paper deals with the analysis of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning activities. A pilot study conducted on adult students of the Hellenic Open University, is presented in the Introduction. Next we deal with the definition of Collaborative Learning, as well as, Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL); we examine how CSCL works and what are the special cognitive mechanisms associated with it. We then present a set of the most commonly used criteria for evaluating the quality of CSCL. Next, a method for analysing collaborative activities is demonstrated. As a CSCL tool we use Synergo, a freeware research tool developed by the HCI group of the Univ. of Patras. Synergo is used for supporting the collaboration as well as for recording and analysing synchronous collaborative activities. A typology based on the higher cognitive mechanisms encountered in collaboration sessions is introduced; based on this typology, we can analyse collaboration sessions qualitatively; then using statistics (which are automatically produced by Synergo) we can also analyse collaboration sessions quantitatively.