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Title: Electronic voting system for computer supported collaborative learning
Author: Rodríguez Calafat, Daniel
Director: Caballé Llobet, Santi  
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Keywords: Electronic Voting Systems;e-learning;consensus;discussion forum;EVS;CLPL;CSCL;computer supported collaborative learning;sistemes de vot electrònic;sistemas de voto electrónico;consens;consenso;e-learning;e-learning;fòrum;foro;aprenentatge col·laboratiu;aprendizaje colaborativo
Issue Date: 14-Jun-2011
Publisher: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Abstract: The EVS4CSCL project starts in the context of a Computer Supported Collaborative Learning environment (CSCL). Previous UOC projects created a CSCL generic platform (CLPL) to facilitate the development of CSCL applications. A discussion forum (DF) was the first application developed over the framework. This discussion forum was different from other products on the marketplace because of its focus on the learning process. The DF carried out the specification and elaboration phases from the discussion learning process but there was a lack in the consensus phase. The consensus phase in a learning environment is not something to be achieved but tested. Common tests are done by Electronic Voting System (EVS) tools, but consensus test is not an assessment test. We are not evaluating our students by their answers but by their discussion activity. Our educational EVS would be used as a discussion catalyst proposing a discussion about the results after an initial query or it would be used after a discussion period in order to manifest how the discussion changed the students mind (consensus). It should be also used by the teacher as a quick way to know where the student needs some reinforcement. That is important in a distance-learning environment where there is no direct contact between the teacher and the student and it is difficult to detect the learning lacks. In an educational environment, assessment it is a must and the EVS will provide direct assessment by peer usefulness evaluation, teacher marks on every query created and indirect assessment from statistics regarding the user activity.
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