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Education and Information Technologies

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 169–188 | Cite as

Computer-Supported Collaborative Concept Mapping: Study of Synchronous Peer Interaction

  • Vassilis Komis
  • Nikolaos Avouris
  • Christos Fidas
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Abstract

The paper studies undergraduate students' synchronous peer interaction using a shared Activity Space and a text communication tool. Several groups of students collaborated in order to accomplish a data-modelling task in the context of a Databases University undergraduate course. The paper presents the collaboration support environment, i.e. a concept-mapping tool, used in this study. Subsequently, evaluation of the effectiveness of the environment in the educational process is discussed along various dimensions, like group synthesis, task control, content of communication, roles of the students and the effect of the tools used. Special emphasis is given in the ways the tools and the representations used complement each other and support the process. A discussion on the use of computer-supported collaborative problem solving environments is also included.

concept mapping computer-supported collaborative learning human-computer interaction problem solving open learning environments 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vassilis Komis
    • 1
  • Nikolaos Avouris
    • 2
  • Christos Fidas
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Early Childhood EducationUniversity of PatrasRio PatrasGreece
  2. 2.Electrical and Computer Engineering DepartmentUniversity of PatrasRio PatrasGreece

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