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DOI:   10.3217/jucs-022-10-1398


Exploring Teachers' Perceptions on Modeling Effort Demanded by CSCL Designs with Explicit Artifact Flow Support

Osmel Bordies (Universidad de Valladolid, Spain)

Yannis Dimitriadis (Universidad de Valladolid, Spain)

Abstract: Artifact flow represents an important aspect of teaching/learning processes, especially in CSCL situations in which complex relationships may be found. However, explicit modeling of CSCL processes with artifact flow may increase the cognitive load and associated effort of the teachers-designers and therefore decrease the efficiency of the design process. The empirical study, reported in this paper and grounded on mixed methods, provides evidence of the effort overload when teachers are involved in designing CSCL situations in a controlled environment. The results of the study illustrate the problem through the subjective perception of the participating teachers, complemented with objective parameters, such as time consumed, errors committed, uncertainty and objective complexity metrics.

Keywords: CSCL, artifact flow, effort subjective measurement, learning design

Categories: H.3.1, H.3.2, H.3.3, H.3.7, H.5.1