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Evaluating Social Interaction and Support Methods Over Time

, Department Psychology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany

IJOPCD Volume 4, Number 3, ISSN 2155-6873 Publisher: IGI Global


This research focuses on the evaluation of social interaction and support methods for computer-supported collaborative learning over the period of one semester. Specifically, there are three main topics for investigation: first, the subjective evaluation of social interaction and support methods, second, the students' perceptions of these over time, and third, the correlations between social interaction and support methods. Results indicate a specific pattern regarding important aspects of social interaction indicating possible problems in group dynamics (especially relating to taking responsibility). This evaluation pattern remains nearly constant over time. Furthermore, correlation analyses show strong connections between the design of group work and group dynamics, indicating a positive influence of support methods on problematic dimensions of social interaction. As this relation is strongest during the middle phase of collaboration, this study gives a first indication that also CSCL groups may go through the storming and norming stage of collaboration. These findings substantiate the necessity of providing support for computer-based learning.


Kopp, B. (2014). Evaluating Social Interaction and Support Methods Over Time. International Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course Design, 4(3), 1-17. IGI Global. Retrieved September 25, 2022 from .