Teachers’ support using interaction analysis and visualization tools in educational group blogging

Research areas:
Year:
2013
Type of Publication:
In Proceedings
Keywords:
interaction analysis, data visualisation
Authors:
Editor:
IEEE Xplore
Book/Proc. title:
Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON), 2013 IEEE
Pages:
790 - 797
Month:
13-15 March 2013
ISBN:
978-1-4673-6111-8
ISSN:
2165-9559
Abstract:
Blogging is quite popular and group blogging has interesting potential for collaborative learning. This paper investigates the possibility of implementing Interaction Analysis techniques in educational group-blogging systems, as a tool for supporting teachers especially for engineering education. The main objective of the pilot study is to provide evidence that teachers could be facilitated, in the process of evaluating and assessing students' interaction and participation, through an Interaction Analysis plugin developed for the WordPress blogging platform. Overall, preliminary findings indicate that the prototype WordPress plugin and its integrated Interaction Analysis indicators, described in this paper, can significantly assist teachers in evaluating collaborative learning activities under the scope of engineering education.


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