A Usability Study for Collaborative Problem Solving in Mathematics

Session Title: A Usability Study for Collaborative Problem Solving in Mathematics

Speakers: Edith Aurora Graf, Jessica Andrews-Todd

Description: As part of an NSF-supported project (Grant No.: 2101393), Educational Testing Service, The Algebra Project, the Young People’s Project, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are developing an online collaborative problem solving and assessment program that will deliver research-tested algebra tasks for students in Grades 9 through 12 and support the development of 21st century workforce competencies. This year, we are conducting a usability study to evaluate the online collaborative platform and the mathematics tasks. Fifteen teams of three to four students will help us evaluate the study materials across two study sessions. The first session will evaluate the tasks as students complete them independently, and the second session will evaluate the tasks as students complete them in teams with and without facilitation from a near peer mentor. We will discuss our process for developing and refining the collaborative tasks as well as the results from the usability study.

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