The effect of device number and role assignment on social group dynamics in location-based learning

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Abstract

The behavior of being disengaged in group work is commonly defined as social loafing. This disengagement can be reduced by various factors, such as group members having individual accountability in the form of unique tasks. This paper examines social loafing in a collaborative mobile game in groups of three users. The game promotes individual accountability in role differentiation on a shared tablet, and these roles are compared to a condition without roles. Another condition tested if a shared tablet would reduce social loafing, compared to individual tablets for each group member. The game was tested on 41 students from 7th to 8th grade. Using a tablet each showed significantly more instances of social loafing compared to sharing one. The results show no significant difference for role assignment.
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The behavior of being disengaged in group work is commonly defined as social loafing. This disengagement can be reduced by various factors, such as group members having individual accountability in the form of unique tasks. This paper examines social loafing in a collaborative mobile game in groups of three users. The game promotes individual accountability in role differentiation on a shared tablet, and these roles are compared to a condition without roles. Another condition tested if a shared tablet would reduce social loafing, compared to individual tablets for each group member. The game was tested on 41 students from 7th to 8th grade. Using a tablet each showed significantly more instances of social loafing compared to sharing one. The results show no significant difference for role assignment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia (MUM)
Number of pages10
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2016
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-4860-7
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StatePublished - 2016
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
EventInternational Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia - Rovaniemi, Rovaniemi, Finland
Duration: 12 Dec 201615 Dec 2016
http://www.mum-conf.org/2016/

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia
LocationRovaniemi
LandFinland
ByRovaniemi
Periode12/12/201615/12/2016
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    Research areas

  • Location-based interaction, Mobile Learning, Social group dynamics, smart learning ecosystems

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