Facilitation of computer-supported collaborative learning in mixed- versus same-culture dyads: Does a collaboration script help?

V. Popov, H.J.A. Biemans, B. Brinkman, A.N. Kuznetsov, M. Mulder

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Abstract

To foster collaboration and improve the quality of students' discussions in mixed- and same- culture learner groups engaged in computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL), a collaboration script was introduced. A 2 × 2-factorial design was used to examine the effects of using this collaboration script on students' online collaborative behavior and the quality of their discussions. A total of 130 university students worked in dyads on a topic concerned with intercultural communication. Culturally mixed dyads working with the script showed a higher frequency of seeking input and social interaction than the students in the other three types of dyads. Same-culture dyads working with the script showed a lower frequency of planning activity than same-culture dyads working without the script. Independent of script condition, the same-culture dyads displayed a higher frequency of contributing activity and showed a higher quality of online discussion than the mixed-culture dyads. Collaboration in culturally mixed groups is less than optimal and may require extra facilitation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-48
JournalThe Internet and Higher Education
Volume19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • external scripts
  • argumentation
  • performance
  • environments
  • cognition
  • students
  • quality
  • context

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