Creating Optimal Groups of Students in e-Learning using Alternative Methodologies

Mircea-Florin Vaida, Florin-Claudiu Pop, Marcel Cremene, and Lenuta Alboaie


e-learning, enneagram, MBTI, eye tracking


Grouping students in e-learning using alternative methodologies offers complementary results in education. Today's trend in education is to integrate computer-based tasks with practical activities. Students are often encouraged to work in groups to solve complex tasks and develop collaboration skills. But classical grouping strategies can’t be used in e-learning environments where there’s little or no physical interaction between parties. We introduce a computer-based grouping method that takes into account the alternative student typologies and the neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) profile. Typologies are determined, according to the Enneagram methodology, with the RHETI test and refined with a MBTI test. The NLP profile is evaluated by an eye-tracking system, based on eye movement patterns. A correlation between enneagram and the MBTI typology is performed to refine the grouping process. Case studies show that groups created using this method show an increased communication among the members and better practical results. This is due to the members' compatibility, which facilitates better collaboration.

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