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Creating joint representations of collaborative problem solving with multi-touch technology.

Mercier, E.M. and Higgins, S.E. (2014) 'Creating joint representations of collaborative problem solving with multi-touch technology.', Journal of computer assisted learning., 30 (6). pp. 497-510.

Abstract

Multi-touch surfaces have the potential to change the nature of computer-supported collaborative learning, allowing more equitable access to shared digital content. In this paper, we explore how large multi-touch tables can be used by groups of students as an external representation of their group interaction processes. Video data from 24 groups of students working on a logic reasoning problem was examined to identify their levels of reasoning about the task, and how they used the table to support their reasoning. Results indicate that of the 13 groups who solved or nearly solved the problem, 12 used the table to represent their reasoning process, while only four groups who used the table to support their reasoning process did not solve the problem. Examples from three groups are used to explore the different ways the table was used as an external representation of the groups' processes. The findings indicate that the group problem-solving process can be enhanced with the use of multi-touch tables, although students may need support in using the technology effectively to support their collaborative reasoning.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Collaboration, CSCL, Logical reasoning, Multi-touch technology.
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1111/jcal.12052
Publisher statement:© 2014 The Authors. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Record Created:21 Mar 2014 14:35
Last Modified:02 Mar 2017 14:12

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