Vol.10, No.2, May 2021.                                                                                                                                                                                    ISSN: 2217-8309

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TEM Journal



Association for Information Communication Technology Education and Science

Group Discussion in a Blended Environment in Engineering Education


Deepti Mishra, Gonca Gokce Menekse Dalveren, Frode S. Volden, Carly Grace Allen


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Citation Information: TEM Journal. Volume 10, Issue 2, Pages 508-516, ISSN 2217-8309, DOI: 10.18421/TEM102-04, May 2021.


Received: 11 April 2021.

Revised:   07 May 2021.
Accepted:  18 May 2021.
Published: 27 May 2021.




Group work is a necessary element of engineering education and group members need information about one another, group process, shared attention and mutual understanding during group discussions. There are several important elements for establishing and maintaining a group discussion such as participant’s role, seating arrangement, verbal and non-verbal cues, eye gaze, gestures etc. The present study investigates these elements for identifying the behavior of group members in a blend of traditional face-to-face discussion along with computer supported cooperative work (CSCW) setting. The results of this study have shown that, speaking duration is the key factor for identifying the leadership in a group and participants mostly used eye gazes for turn taking. Although this study is a mix of face-to-face and CSCW discussion setting, participants mostly behave like faceto- face group discussion. However, unlike the previous studies involving face-to-face discussion, the relation between seating arrangement and amount of attention is not apparent from the data during this study.


Keywords –Engineering education, Group work, Group Discussion, Computer supported cooperative work, Role, Backchannel, Grounding, Turn taking.



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