University of Pittsburgh

Exploring Middle School Mathematics Help-Giving Behavior and Modeling Factors to Provide Collaboration Support in a Cross-Platform Environment

graduate student
Friday, September 27, 2019 - 1:00pm - 1:30pm

Abstract: Existing adaptive collaborative learning support attempts to improve student learning outcomes by providing personalized supports they need to collaborate more effectively. These systems have focused on a single platform. However, recent technology-supported collaborative learning platforms allow students to collaborate in different contexts: computer-supported classroom environments, network-based online learning environments, or virtual learning environments with pedagogical agents. Our goal is to better understand how middle school students participate in collaborative behaviors across different platforms i.e., an interactive digital textbook, an online asynchronous environment, and a teachable agent. We focus on a specific type of collaboration - help-giving. We use a Design-Based Research approach to design, develop, and implement our cross-platform technology in a middle school math classroom context. We also conducted semi-structured interviews to understand students’ perception of help-giving on different platforms. Our initial analysis shows students' help-giving behavior across the platforms is influenced by a combination of motivational, contextual, and opportunity factors rather than solely determined by their individual differences. Our ultimate goal is to build a model that will predict student help-giving quality and improve student collaboration across the platforms.


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