A meta-analysis on computer-supported collaborative learning (Best Evidence in Brief)

It’s pingback marathon on 3-star learning experiences this week. We’ll be reblogging three really great blogs this week. Here goes number 1 by Pedro de Bruyckere!

From experience to meaning...

There is a new Best Evidence in Brief with among others, this study that might surprise some people and oh, my dear friend and co-author Paul Kirschner was involved:

Juanjuan Chen and colleagues recently performed a meta-analysis on the effects of computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL).

Using 425 empirical studies (all of which used a controlled experimental or quasi-experimental design) published between 2000 and 2016, researchers found several main characteristics to examine: the effects of the collaboration itself; the effects of computer use during collaboration; the effects of extra technology-related learning tools used in CSCL, such as videoconferencing and sharing visuals with team partners; and strategies such as role assignment and peer feedback.
Collaborative learning itself positively affected:
  • Knowledge gain (+0.42)
  • Skill acquisition (+0.62)
  • Student perceptions of the experience (+0.38)
The use of computers, when combined with collaborative learning, positively affected:
  • Knowledge gain (+0.45)
  • Skill acquisition (+0.53)
  • Student perceptions (+0.51)
  • Group…

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3 thoughts on “A meta-analysis on computer-supported collaborative learning (Best Evidence in Brief)

  1. Roger Brownlie says:

    OK thanks. So the effect is low? It’s been a while… We could read this in many ways. I’d need to read the report in more detail but it if we can use CSCL to enable scale, cross geographic boundaries, and timezones, without negatively affecting effect then that has to be a very, very good result.

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