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Engagement in collaboration and teamwork using Google Colaboratory
written by Alexandra Werth, Kristin A. Oliver, Colin G. West, and Heather J. Lewandowski
Google Colaboratory, or "Colab" for short, is a multiuser, collaborative environment that allows anyone with access to Google and the internet to write and execute arbitrary python code through their browser. With recent calls to increase use of computation in physics education, Colab has the potential to be a valuable tool to allow students to collaboratively code together---particularly in an online environment. Through this work, we examine how student teams navigated collaboration challenges related to using Colab in an online environment to conduct data analysis for a course-based undergraduate research experience in physics. We analyze students' final written assignment of the course, a "memo to future researchers," through the framework of socially-shared regulation of learning, to understand the challenges, regulations, and perceived goal attainment students discussed relating to their experience programming in teams online with Colab. We found that students struggled with version control issues when simultaneously writing, editing, and saving their work. This led to the need to use socially-shared regulatory strategies, including assigning and rotating roles from week to week and having clear, regular communication. Highlighting these students' experiences and their advice to future researchers can help inform instructional guidance on how to best promote productive teamwork in collaborative coding environments both online and in person.
Physics Education Research Conference 2022
Part of the PER Conference series
Grand Rapids, MI: July 13-14, 2022
Pages 481-487
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A. Werth, K. Oliver, C. West, and H. Lewandowski, , presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI, 2022, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16280&DocID=5649).
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A. Werth, K. Oliver, C. West, and H. Lewandowski, Engagement in collaboration and teamwork using Google Colaboratory, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI, 2022, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16280&DocID=5649>.
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Werth, A., Oliver, K., West, C., & Lewandowski, H. (2022, July 13-14). Engagement in collaboration and teamwork using Google Colaboratory. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI. Retrieved January 26, 2023, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16280&DocID=5649
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Werth, A, K. Oliver, C. West, and H. Lewandowski. "Engagement in collaboration and teamwork using Google Colaboratory." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI, July 13-14, 2022. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16280&DocID=5649 (accessed 26 January 2023).
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Werth, Alexandra, Kristin A. Oliver, Colin G. West, and Heather J. Lewandowski. "Engagement in collaboration and teamwork using Google Colaboratory." Physics Education Research Conference 2022. Grand Rapids, MI: 2022. 481-487 of PER Conference. 26 Jan. 2023 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16280&DocID=5649>.
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