Assessment of Collaborative Learning

Authored by: Jan-Willem Strijbos

Handbook of Human and Social Conditions in Assessment

Print publication date:  July  2016
Online publication date:  June  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138811539
eBook ISBN: 9781315749136
Adobe ISBN: 9781317608189


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Collaborative learning (CL) is a common practice at all levels of education. CL can be defined as a learning phenomenon where individuals in a social constellation (e.g., group, team, or community) within a physical and/or virtual environment, interact on the same or different aspects of a shared task to accomplish implicit or explicit shared and individual learning goals (e.g., domain-specific knowledge or skills, social skills, etc.). CL is structured by collaboration scaffolds (which can be faded if no longer needed) provided by an agent(s) within or outside of the social constellation (e.g., teacher, peer, self, technology) to guide interaction and increase the likelihood that social constellations and/or individuals can accomplish their goals. An agent(s) within or outside of the social constellation diagnoses and/or evaluates the constellation’s and/or individual’s accomplishment(s) against criteria and standards.

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