Design of a Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Approach

Promote Positive Interdependence in a Group Assignment


The main goal of my SUTQ project was to develop a (computer-supported) collaborative learning approach that promotes positive interdependence in a group assignment.


In cooperative learning there are three main types of positive interdependence: outcomes, means and boundaries interdependence. Outcomes interdependence relates to the goals and rewards that are defined in the group work. Means interdependence includes for example the roles and tasks assigned within the group. Boundaries interdependence is related to the specific space where the group work takes place and what binds students together.

The quantitative and qualitative analysis show that means interdependence is the most predominant characteristic of positive interdependence present in group work and positively perceived by the students. In the collaborative learning approach that was designed, both the group dynamics workshop (analogue/in class) and the group pages in the learning management system (LMS) seem to help in improving means interdependence.