CSTEPS: Collaborative Support Tools for Engineering Problem Solving
The goal of this project is to develop tools to support the collaborative sketch activities of undergraduate engineering students. In collaboration with faculty and students in the College of Engineering, we are conducting a design based project to design and study tools that provide the students with the ability to create shared representations during their collaborative activity, and play back their work, to support refelction within the group or in whole-class presentations.
Initial research focused on the current collaborative practices of the students during their typical class activities. Results indicate that the quality of their collaborations is low, and groups showed little change over a four-week period. This data was used to inform the design of our software. The first implementation focused on differences in collaboration between groups working on 1) individual tablets, 2) synced tablets and 3) multi-touch tables. The second implementation will focus on how play-back tools are used by the students and teaching assistants (instructors).
Emma Mericer (PI)
Joshua Peschel (coPI)
Geoffrey Herman (coPI)
In the News
The project is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies Program (Award Number: 1441149).
Publications & Conferences
Shehab, S., & Mercier, E. (2017). Designing engineering tasks for collaborative problem solving. In B. K. Smith, M. Borge, E. Mercier, & K. Y. Lim (Eds.), Making a Difference—Prioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL: The 12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning. Philadelphia: The International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Mercier, E., Ferguson, L., Kessler, M., & Shehab, S. (2016, April) The Emergence of Collaborative Practices during a Month of Engineering Problem Solving Activities. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.
Mercier, E., Shehab, S.,Sun, J. & Capell, N. (2015) The development of collaborative practices in introductory engineering courses. To appear in the proceedings of CSCL 2015.