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Collaborative Learning in Heterogeneous Classes - Towards a Group Formation Methodology

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Paper presented at the Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Computer Supported Education (CSEDU), 6-9 May 2011, Nordwijkerhout, Netherlands ; Group work has been adopted as an important tool to support collaborative work in order to enhance learningprocesses. There is a wealth of literature related to group performance and the impact of group composition ongroup and individual performance. However, very few studies address the issue on how to automatically formgroups. This article proposes a methodology that could be used by professors to form groups automaticallytaking into account different criteria as well as the students’ profile. This methodology is based on a pilotstudy that analyzes group composition of self-formed student groups. The pilot study findings suggest thatstudents tend to form homogeneous group in terms of level of the knowledge. Furthermore, students reportthat working on common topics of interests was a decisive factor in forming the groups.

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Liana Razmerita, Armelle Brun

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eng

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http://hdl.handle.net/10398/8335

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