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Collaborative Learning; Collaborative Depth Svetlena S. Taneva (svet@cs.brandeis.edu)
 

Summary: Collaborative Learning; Collaborative Depth
Svetlena S. Taneva (svet@cs.brandeis.edu)
Richard Alterman (alterman@cs.brandeis.edu)
Timothy J. Hickey (tim@cs.brandeis.edu)
Computer Science Department, Brandeis University
Waltham, MA 02453 USA
Abstract
When collaborators are doing a task and then they
interactively explore some subtask that emerges, they are
collaborating beneath the surface of the task. Depth of
collaboration refers to both the frequency of, and the degree
to which, students collaborate beneath the surface. In this
paper we examine the notion of depth in relation to
collaborative learning. We provide evidence that the extent of
collaborative activity beneath the surface positively correlates
to learning outcome. The measure of depth we use is easy to
code and can be automatically produced.
Introduction
The literature on collaborative learning has identified some
conditions and characteristics of effective collaborations.

  

Source: Alterman, Richard - Computer Science Department, Center for Complex Systems, Brandeis University

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences