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EVALUATING COLLABORATIVE LEARNING PROCESSES

CÚsar A. Collazos, Luis A. Guerrero, JosÚ A. Pino, Sergio F. Ochoa

Department of Computer Science
Universidad de Chile
Blanco Encalada 2120, Santiago, Chileb
Abstract

Understanding and analyzing collaborative learning processes require a fine-grained sequential analysis of the group interaction in the context of learning goals. Several researchers in the area of cooperative work take as a success criterion the quality of the group outcome. Nevertheless, recent findings are giving importance to the quality of the cooperation process itself. This paper presents a set of indicators which main objective is to evaluate the collaborative learning process. We have defined an experiment with a tool instrumented to gather data from groups working in a simple task. This data is then useful to build the cooperation indicators, which in turn allow us to estimate the quality of the work process.