SmartGroup: A tool-based approach to scale-free small-group learning activities

Haining Zhu, Nitish K. Rai, John M. Carroll

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Abstract

Small-group learning activities (SGLAs) are efficient and viable means of improving student learning, but they are not universally used in higher education, in part because of instructor management burden and effort. We believe that a tool-based approach to SGLAs can minimize instructor burden while still facilitating SGLA and associated student benefits. We designed the SmartGroup system, an instructional intervention which aims at being minimally burdensome to instructors. The system relies upon generalized, modular components and two novel features, group reshuffling and a grade appeals process conducted by student appeal graders. We believe this tool-based approach can effectively lead to the management of scale-free SGLAs, as it reduces reliance on instructors and increases self and peer learning opportunities. We plan to conduct empirical studies of the SmartGroup system, further research the theoretical space surrounding SGLAs, and further develop paradigm cases for various categories of SGLAs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCSCW 2018 Companion - Companion of the 2018 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages261-264
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450360180
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 30 2018
Event21st ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2018 - Jersey City, United States
Duration: Nov 3 2018Nov 7 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW

Other

Other21st ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2018
CountryUnited States
CityJersey City
Period11/3/1811/7/18

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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