Title: Learning with skills oriented collaborations

Authors: Sushma Hans; Shampa Chakraverty

Addresses: Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, Sector-3, Dwarka, New Delhi-110078, India ' Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, Sector-3, Dwarka, New Delhi-110078, India

Abstract: Collaborative learning enhances academic performance by pooling the diverse strengths of co-learners. We believe that mere acquisition of knowledge is not sufficient; a student needs to hone certain fundamental learning skills that facilitate the assimilation and application of knowledge. It thus makes greater sense to focus on the mutual exchange of specific learning skills that members in a collaborative group possess in order to fulfil the skills gap. In this paper, we give a new way of analysing a subject systematically in terms of the set of learning skills that are required to solve different problems of varying complexity. Applying formal concepts analysis on a skills-tagged question bank, we derive a suite of concepts that serve as performance parameters for evaluating students in a skills-centric manner. Subsequently, students are paired up for collaborative learning in competitive and complementary modes. Practical experiments show the validity and practicability of the proposed approach.

Keywords: collaborative learning; learning skills; computer use in education; stable marriage problem; formal concept analysis; FCA.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLT.2017.088405

International Journal of Learning Technology, 2017 Vol.12 No.3, pp.190 - 218

Available online: 01 Dec 2017

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