A collaborative working model for enhancing the learning process of science & engineering students

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Title: A collaborative working model for enhancing the learning process of science & engineering students
Authors: Mora, Higinio | Signes Pont, María Teresa | Fuster-Guilló, Andrés | Pertegal-Felices, María Luisa
Research Group/s: Informática Industrial y Redes de Computadores | Habilidades, Competencias e Instrucción | Investigación en Inteligencias, Competencia Social y Educación (SOCEDU)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Tecnología Informática y Computación | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Psicología Evolutiva y Didáctica
Keywords: Higher education | ICT learning technologies | Quality assessments | Computers in human behavior | Collaborative learning | Student experiences | Collective intelligence
Knowledge Area: Arquitectura y Tecnología de Computadores | Didáctica y Organización Escolar
Issue Date: Feb-2020
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Computers in Human Behavior. 2020, 103: 140-150. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2019.09.008
Abstract: Science and engineering education are mostly based on content assimilation and development of skills. However, to adequately prepare students for today's world, it is also necessary to stimulate critical thinking and make them reflect on how to improve current practices using new tools and technologies. In this line, the main motivation of this research consists in exploring ways supported by technology to enhance the learning process of students and to better prepare them to face the challenges of today's world. To this end, the purpose of this work is to design an innovative learning project based on collaborative work among students, and research its impact in achieving better learning outcomes, generating of collective intelligence and further motivation. The proposed collaborative working model is based on peer review assessment methodology implemented through a learning web-platform. Thus, students were encouraged to peer review their classmates' works. They had to make comments, suggest improvements, and assess final assignments. Teaching staff managed and supervised the whole process. Students were selected from computer science engineering at the University of Alicante (Spain). Results suggested greater content assimilation and enhanced learning in several scientific skills. The students' final grade exceeded what any student could produce individually, but we cannot conclude that real collective intelligence was generated. Learning methodologies based on the possibilities of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) provide new ways to transmit and manage knowledge in higher education. Collaborating in peer assessment enhances the students' motivation and promotes the active learning. In addition, this method can be very helpful and time saving for instructors in the management of large groups.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/97192
ISSN: 0747-5632 (Print) | 1873-7692 (Online)
DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2019.09.008
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2019 Elsevier Ltd.
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2019.09.008
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