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Title: How can I learn more when I collaborate in a virtual group?
Author: García Tamarit, Consuelo
Badia Garganté, Toni
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Keywords: information problem-solving
virtual groups
higher education
Issue Date: 25-Aug-2014
Publisher: Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
Citation: Garcia Tamarit, C. & Badia, A. (2014). How Can I Learn More When I Collaborate In A Virtual Group? Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 141, 363-368. doi: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2014.05.064
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Abstract: Learning in virtual groups has been a process studied and analysed long from multiple perspectives. However, the literature is scarce when we look for models to explain information problem solving skills in online collaboration. A descriptive model of cognitive skills involved in individual information problem solving while using internet information can be found in recent research. The purpose of this study was to find out what information problem solving skills (IPS) students apply when working collaboratively online, and secondly, to analyse what differentiates students who do well on their knowledge tests after collaboration, in relation to these IPS skills. We conducted a research with more than 40 students in 10 virtual groups to analyse the correlation between learning and IPS skills applied by students during an online task that lasted more than 4 weeks. Students completed a weekly self-report with actions related to IPS skills and time devoted to the collaborative task. Findings show that students applied more frequently the skill to check the communication (30%), secondly, read de information (22%), in the third place exchange information (20%), followed by write the information (15%), analyze the information (8%), and finally, search for information (5%). However, only three skills correlate with learning: information exchange, analysis of information and checking communication. Two of them (exchange and check) are collaborative skills and one of them (analysis) is an information problem-solving skill. The conclusions of this study may provide guidelines for instructors and students on ways to improve learning in online collaborative group work.
Language: English
ISSN: 1877-0428MIAR
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