Education and Information Technologies

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 443–458 | Cite as

Individual and group performance of computerized educational tasks



This study examines the conditions under which task performance is accomplished more efficiently by a single individual or a group. 116 participants, ranging in age from high school level through holders of Master’s degrees, 58 women and the same number of men, were presented with a computer game based on educational software, arranged in five levels of difficulty. A comparison was made of the speed in which objectives were attained when performed individually and when divided among groups of two to four partners, controlling for the type of coordination required. Cases of expedient and inexpedient division of labor were identified, as were factors affecting feasibility, among them the number of simultaneous tasks to be performed, complexity level, number of participants and the intensity of coordination required among them. Basic principles, pertaining to the functional division of roles in learning activities and in educational administration, are discussed.


Computerized learning Interactive simulations Individual learning Cooperative learning 


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  1. 1.Bar-Ilan University, School of EducationRamat-GanIsrael

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