Orchestration Signals in the Classroom: Managing the Jigsaw Collaborative Learning Flow

Authors:
Davinia Hernández-Leo, Raul Nieves, Ernesto Arroyo, Andrea Rosales, Javier Melero, Josep Blat.
Information and Communication Technologies Department, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

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EC-TELL 2011, Proceedings of the 6th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning

Abstract:
The orchestration of collaborative learning processes in face-to-face physical settings, such as classrooms, requires teachers to coordinate students indicating them who belong to each group, which collaboration areas are assigned to each group, and how they should distribute the resources or roles within the group. In this paper we present an Orchestration Signals system, composed of Personal Signals wearable devices and an Orchestration Signals manager. Teachers can configure color signals in the manager so that they are transmitted to the wearable devices to signal different orchestration aspects. In particular, the paper describes how the system has been used to carry out a Jigsaw collaborative learning flow in a classroom where students received signals indicating which documents they should read, in which group they were and in which area of the classroom they were expected to collaborate. The evaluation results show that the proposed system facilitates a dynamic, visual and flexible orchestration.

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Citation:
Davinia Hernández-Leo, Raul Nieves, Ernesto Arroyo, Andrea Rosales, Javier Melero, Josep Blat, Pau Moreno, 2011. Orchestration Signals in the Classroom: Managing the Jigsaw Collaborative Learning Flow. In Proceedings of 6th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2011, Palermo, Italy, September 2011, pp. 153-165