A HUMAN FACTORS APPROACH TO ENHANCE MOTIVATION TO COLLABORATE IN AN ONLINE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) tools, designed to support collaboration among
students are sometimes found to be under-utilized due to their lack in engaging learner
motivation. This thesis describes research on student motivation for working
collaboratively while using InterLACE, a computer-supported collaborative learning
(CSCL) environment developed at Tufts ... read moreUniversity. Prior explorations of InterLACE had
shown positive results regarding the usability and effective use by students, but
classroom-wide use continued to show limited amounts of collaboration among students. In
this study, individual students were provided different types of immediate feedback
while engaged in learning topics from a high school physics curriculum. The three
different types of feedback included individualized score, comparison score, and social
engagement, and were designed to promote inter-student collaboration in the form of
sharing information and building off of one-another's answers. The results showed
increases in student output across several metrics including the number of points earned
on each answer and the amount of information written. Inter-participant collaboration
also was higher, indicated by higher amounts of shared vocabulary and higher amounts of
"uptake" of ideas from other students. The results are discussed with respect to the
role of user motivation in the design of CSCL
Thesis (M.S.)--Tufts University, 2016.
Submitted to the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.
Advisor: Daniel Hannon.
Committee: Ethan Danahy, and Kristen Wendell.
Keywords: Educational technology, and Instructional design.read less
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