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Title: Virtual math teams (VMT): Continuity and sustainability of collaborative knowledge building
Authors: Sarmiento, Johann W.
Cakir, Murat Perit
Toledo, Ramon Prudencio S.
Zhou, Nan
Charles, Elizabeth
Strijbos, Jan-Willem
Trausan-Matu, Stefan
Xhafa, Fatos
Wessner, Martin
Zemel, Alan
Stahl, Gerry
Weimar, Stephen
Shumar, Wesley
Issue Date: 17-Apr-2007
Publisher: Drexel University. College of Information Science and Technology.
Series/Report no.: IST Research Day 2007 posters
Abstract: How can we support online groups to better sustain their collaborative learning activity over time? In this poster, we present a qualitative case study of group creativity online in the domain of mathematics. We define collaborative learning work broadly, ranging from the micro-level co-construction of novel resources for collective problem solving to the innovative reuse and expansion of ideas across multiple virtual teams. Based on our analysis of the collaborative interactions of five virtual math teams we characterize the relationship between "synchronic" aspects of collaborative knowledge building (i.e. single episode interactions) and their "diachronic" evolution across time and across collectivities. Our analysis indicates that the synergy between these two types of interactions and the resulting creative engagement of the teams relies on three fundamental processes: (1) referencing and the “configuration of indexicals”, (2) collective remembering, and (3) bridging across discontinuities. In addition we also reflect on the aspects of the online environment used by these virtual teams which promote, support or hinder diachronic and synchronic interactions leading to successful knowledge building.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/1607
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