Thinking hard together: The long and short of collaborative idea generation in scientific inquiry

Hao Chuan Wang*, Carolyn P. Rosé, Yue Cui, Chun Yen Chang, Chun Chieh Huang, Tsai Yen Li

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Idea generation is a cognitive process that plays a central role in inquiry learning tasks. This paper presents results from a controlled experiment in which we investigate the affect on productivity and learning from doing idea generation tasks individually versus in pairs, with versus without automatic support from a virtual brainstorming agent called VIBRANT. Our finding is that individuals brainstorming with VIBRANT produced more ideas than individuals who brainstormed with a human peer. However, an additional finding is that while brainstorming in pairs lead to short term process losses in terms of idea generation, with a corresponding reduction in learning in terms of pre to post test gains, it produced a productivity gain for a subsequent distinct individual inquiry task. Furthermore, automatically generated feedback from VIBRANT improved learning during idea generation but did not mitigate the process losses that were associated with reduced learning in the pairs conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCSCL 2007 - Computer Supported Collaborative Learning Conference 2007
Subtitle of host publicationMice, Minds, and Society
Number of pages10
EditionPART 2
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Publication series

NameComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL
NumberPART 2
ISSN (Print)1573-4552

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Education


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