Scaffolding Collaborative Learning Opportunities: Integrating Micro-world Use and Argumentation

Toby Dragon, Bruce McLaren, M. Mavrikis, E. Geraniou

In: L. Ardissono , T. Kuflik (editor). UMAP 2011 Workshops. International Workshop on Adaptive Support for Team Collaboration (ASTC-2011) located at International Conference on User Modeling, Adaption and Personalization (UMAP) July 15 Girona Spain Pages 18-30 Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) 7138 Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2012.


This paper presents our research efforts to support students' collaborative process when learning mathematics and science as they interact with microworlds and engage in discussions and structured arguments. The system provides students with an environment to explore challenging problems and encourages them to collaborate using a discussion tool to argue and share their rationales and insights using specific examples from microworlds. The challenge of providing useful analysis in such a situation is to recognize, across the learning environment as a whole (both microworld and discussion tool), situations where students need support, and then to make the learners aware of these situations in a productive manner. We present a use case that demonstrates how students work within the system and how we envision the system will provide support. We conclude that the analysis and support that we propose has the potential to enhance the benefits of a combined system and offer more support than a system focused on the individual tools separately.

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz