Collab-Analyzer: An environment for conducting web-based collaborative learning activities and analyzing students’ information-searching behaviors

Authors

  • Chih-Hsiang Wu National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
  • Gwo-Jen Hwang Graduate Institute of Digital Learning and Education, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, 43, Sec.4, Keelung Rd., Taipei, 106, Taiwan
  • Fan-Ray Kuo National Sun Yat-Sen University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.998

Abstract

Researchers have found that students might get lost or feel frustrated while searching for information on the Internet to deal with complex problems without real-time guidance or supports. To address this issue, a web-based collaborative learning system, Collab-Analyzer, is proposed in this paper. It is not only equipped with a collaborative mechanism for helping group members solve problems on the web, but also facilitates teachers and researchers in analyzing students’ collaborative information-searching behaviors and performance by providing eighteen quantitative indices. To examine the effectiveness of the proposed learning system, a total of 224 university students and 16 teachers participated in an experiment, in which a web-based problem-solving activity for a social studies course was conducted. The experimental results show that the teachers gave positive evaluations of Collab-Analyzer in terms of promoting students' web-based problem-solving ability and information searching skills. Moreover, the students showed high agreement with both the usefulness and ease of use of the system. The research findings also show that high interactive type students have more significant learning performance than moderate and low interactive students. Finally, implications and suggestions for how to accommodate the needs of students after adopting the proposed Collab-Analyzer system are given.

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Author Biographies

Chih-Hsiang Wu, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

Dr. Chih-Hsiang Wu received his PhDdegree from the Department ofInformation and Learning Technology of National University of Tainan, Taiwan,in June 2013. His is currently a postdoctoralresearcher of Graduate Institute of Digital Learning andEducation of National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. His research interestsinclude web-based learning and computer-supported collaborative learning.

Gwo-Jen Hwang, Graduate Institute of Digital Learning and Education, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, 43, Sec.4, Keelung Rd., Taipei, 106, Taiwan

Dr. Gwo-Jen Hwang is currently a Chair Professor at the National TaiwanUniversity of Science and Technology. He received his Ph.D. degree in ComputerScience and Information Engineering from the National Chiao Tung University inTaiwan in 1991. His research interests include web-based learning, mobile andubiquitous learning, computer-assisted testing, and digital game-based learning.

Fan-Ray Kuo, National Sun Yat-Sen University

Dr. Fan-Ray Kuo received his PhD degree from the Department of Information and LearningTechnology of National University of Tainan, Taiwan, in December 2011. His iscurrently a postdoctoral researcher of Department of Information Management of NationalSun Yat-Sen University. His research interests include web-based learning,problem solving and technology acceptance model.

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Published

2014-08-03

How to Cite

Wu, C.-H., Hwang, G.-J., & Kuo, F.-R. (2014). Collab-Analyzer: An environment for conducting web-based collaborative learning activities and analyzing students’ information-searching behaviors. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 30(3). https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.998

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