Learning alone or in a group - An empirical case study of the collaborative learning patterns and their impact on student grades

Ling Cen, Dymitr Ruta, Leigh Powell, Jason Ng

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Abstract

Collaborative learning continues to thrive on the back of the rapid growth in cheap and powerful knowledge access technologies connecting and enabling students to carry out ever more learning, coursework and assessment tasks together. This work reports on the Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE) platform developed at EBTIC and tried along one semester for various groups of 122 students from the Engineering and Molecular Biology courses at Khalifa University. Firstly, we intend to uncover different patterns of student collaborations along the sequence of 3 courseworks and explore their impact on student learning outcome. Secondly, a generative mixture model is proposed to isolate the impact of the sheer collaboration from individual students qualities on the group performance, which assumes that the group coursework grade is generated as a combination of fixed students' grade expectations improved or damaged by the collaboration type that the students chose to follow. The results from this case study indicate that group learning with efficient collaboration patterns improves students' performance comparing to learning alone.

Original languageBritish English
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2014 International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning, ICL 2014
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages627-632
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781479944378
DOIs
StatePublished - 21 Jan 2014
Event2014 International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning, ICL 2014 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 3 Dec 20146 Dec 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of 2014 International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning, ICL 2014

Conference

Conference2014 International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning, ICL 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates
CityDubai
Period3/12/146/12/14

Keywords

  • collaboration pattern
  • Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE)
  • generative mixture model

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