In the ever-changing landscape of education, innovation is the key to ensuring that every student has access to quality learning experiences. A transformative approach is Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL), in which enables students to harness the power of teamwork to achieve learning outcomes that often exceed those they could reach individually. One of the strengths of CSCL is that it can give participant feedback on the quality of their collaborative work. This feedback not only aids individual growth but also enhances the group’s overall dynamic. Traditionally, providing such feedback was a manual and time-intensive task, making it impractical for larger classes or scalable education programs. That’s where this newly published paper comes into play.


The paper “Why You Should Give Your Students Automatic Process Feedback on Their Collaboration: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment” introduces an automated approach designed to provide comprehensive and insightful text-based feedback on the processes involved in CSCL forum discussions within an introductory teacher education course. Our primary focus is on assessing the group communication skills of individual students. This feedback is systematically generated by analyzing various discourse indicators, which are then utilized to identify the evolving roles that students assume within their groups. Consequently, we derive feedback that highlights both their strengths and areas for potential improvement.

Highly Informative Feedback

To validate the effectiveness of our method, we conducted a randomized control trial in which students’ preferences for feedback were examined. The results of this trial indicate a strong preference among students for the highly informative feedback generated through our approach.

This paper represents a significant step forward in the realm of CSCL and gives incites for future research. It demonstrates how technology can revolutionize education by automating the feedback process, making it not only more accessible but also more insightful.

Menzel, L., Gombert, S., Weidlich, J., Fink, A., Frey, A., Drachsler, H. (2023). Why You Should Give Your Students Automatic Process Feedback on Their Collaboration: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment. In: Viberg, O., Jivet, I., Muñoz-Merino, P., Perifanou, M., Papathoma, T. (eds) Responsive and Sustainable Educational Futures. EC-TEL 2023. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 14200. Springer, Cham.