Group formation for collaboration in exploratory learning using group technology techniques

Mihaela Cocea, G. Magoulas

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Abstract

Exploratory Learning Environments (ELEs) allow learners to approach a problem in di�erent ways; they are particularly suitable for ill-de�ned problems where knowledge is less structured and open-ended exploration is allowed. Moreover, multiple solutions which are equally valid are possible and a common and efficient way to convey this is by promoting and supporting students' collaboration. Successful collaboration, however, depends on forming groups in which the activity is relevant for all members of the group. In this paper we present a computational model for group formation for open-ended exploration in ELEs by modelling the various strategies that learners adopt to solve the same task. This is underpinned by Group Technology techniques that use as criteria the learners' strategies and the similarity among them to form groups that match pedagogy considerations. The proposed mechanism is tested in an exploratory learning environment for mathematical generalisation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th international conference on Knowledge-based and intelligent information and engineering systems: Part II
EditorsR. Setchi, Ivan Jordanov
Place of PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg
PublisherSpringer
Pages103-113
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783642153891
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventProceedings of the 14th International Conference on Knowledge-based and Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems: Part II - Cardiff, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Sep 201010 Sep 2010

Publication series

NameKES'10
PublisherSpringer-Verlag

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of the 14th International Conference on Knowledge-based and Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems: Part II
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Period8/09/1010/09/10

Keywords

  • collaboration
  • exploratory learning environments
  • group formation
  • group technology

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