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Computer-supported Formation of Virtual Learning Groups based on Proficieny Levels
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, , University of Mannheim, Germany

AACE Award

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Lugano, Switzerland ISBN 978-1-880094-53-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

Group work is an important component of traditional teaching at all levels of the educational system: It is motivating, the students become active and involved, they enjoy meeting with other students and doing work together. Based on the principle of social constructivism, role-based learning is an especially powerful paradigm for group work. But in a networked virtual environment, the organization of such group work can be very complex and time-consuming. In this paper we briefly introduce CATS, our Communication and Tutoring System. We then focus on its built-in support for the automatic formation of virtual learning groups, as well as on the seamless integration of audio/videoconferencing. We give a detailed example borrowed from the law school curriculum: "moot court", a simulated mock court hearing where the students play the roles of prosecutor, defender and judge over the network.

Citation

Liebig, H.C. & Effelsberg, W. (2004). Computer-supported Formation of Virtual Learning Groups based on Proficieny Levels. In L. Cantoni & C. McLoughlin (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2004--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1171-1178). Lugano, Switzerland: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved June 19, 2019 from .

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