How Group Size and Composition Influences the Effectiveness of Collaborative Screen-Based Simulation Training: A Study of Dental and Nursing University Students Learning Radiographic Techniques
2012 (English)In: World Journal on Educational Technology, ISSN 1309-1506, E-ISSN 1309-0348, Vol. 4, no 3, 180-193 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study analyses how changes in the design of screen-based computer simulation training influence the collaborative training process. Specifically, this study examine how the size of a group and a group’s composition influence the way these tools are used. One case study consisted of 18+18 dental students randomized into either collaborative 3D simulation training or conventional collaborative training. The students worked in groups of three. The other case consisted of 12 nursing students working in pairs (partners determined by the students) with a 3D simulator. The results showed that simulation training encouraged different types of dialogue compared to conventional training and that the communication patterns were enhanced in the nursing students ́ dyadic simulation training. The concrete changes concerning group size and the composition of the group influenced the nursing students’ engagement with the learning environment and consequently the communication patterns that emerged. These findings suggest that smaller groups will probably be more efficient than larger groups in a free collaboration setting that uses screen-based simulation training.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Academic World Education & Research Center , 2012. Vol. 4, no 3, 180-193 p.
computer assisted simulation training, simulations, higher education, communication
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-67922OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-67922DiVA: diva2:614943