According to a new study, using such strategies and technologies in conjunction had a more positive impact than having individual students use computers, or having students collaborate without using computers.
Key findings include:
- First, the collaboration had significant positive effects on knowledge gain, skill acquisition, and student perceptions in computer-based learning conditions.
- Second, computer use led to positive effects on knowledge gain, skill acquisition, student perceptions, group task performance, and social interaction in collaborative learning contexts.
- Third, the use of extra learning environments or tools produced a medium effect for knowledge gain, and supporting strategies resulted in a positive effects on knowledge gain.
Chen, J., Wang, M., Kirschner, P. A., & Tsai, C. (2018). The role of collaboration, computer use, learning environments, and supporting strategies in CSCL: A meta-analysis. Review of Educational Research, 88(6), 799-843. https://dx.doi.org/10.3102/0034654318791584