2. Guidelines for a Computer-mediated Discussion in the Classroom

Wouter van Diggelen, Maarten Overdiijk


In this article we discuss the design of the collaborative tools that are part ofCoFFEE. The discussion is centered around two issues – equal participationand coherence – that affect the performance of student groups. We relatethese two issues to properties of the medium whereby the focus is on how themedium organizes the sequence of individual talk into a meaningful whole.We argue that improvements do occurs because the collaborative tools as adigital medium for communication organize the ongoing interactions differentlyfrom their verbal counterpart.

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