Coordinating Collaborative Knowledge Building

W. Chen and B. Wasson (Norway)


Intelligent agents for educational applications, Collaborative learning


Several studies have shown that distributed collaborative learning is not as effective as we expected (e.g., [16]). One of the important reasons for this is the lack of coordinators to monitor and regulate the collaboration. Plugging in a coordination agent in distributed collaborative learning environments will be able to improve the learning outcome. This paper presents a coordination agent for FLE2 -- a web-based collaborative knowledge building environment. We discuss the role of the coordination agent and how it monitors and regulates the knowledge building process. With the lessons learned from designing and experimenting with this coordination agent, we hope that we can move one step further toward a plug-in agent, which would be able to fit in any distributed collaborative learning environments.

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