COLLABORATIVE SCENACIOS TO PROMOTE POSITIVE INTERDEPENDENCE AMONG GROUP MEMBERS
CÚsar A. Collazos, Luis A. Guerrero, JosÚ A. Pino, and Sergio F. Ochoa
Department of Computer Science
Universidad de Chile
Blanco Encalada 2120, Santiago, Chile
Positive interdependence is the heart of collaborative activities that
define collaboration and transform group work into teamwork. To achieve positive
interdependence among students, just putting them in group and telling
them to work together may not be sufficient. Previously, several types of positive
interdependencies have been identified for unsupported group activities.
These kinds of interdependencies are now instantiated for the case of computersupported
group learning. The examples we show in this paper are taken from
computer games and other tools we have developed to set students in a scenario
in which they must collaborate in order to succeed. This paper also presents diverse
forms of structuring positive interdependence in software tools based on
the interface design to ensure that students think we instead of me.