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Reducing Procrastination while Improving Performance: A Wiki-powered Experiment with Students

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  • Alessio Malizia
  • Antonio Balderas
  • Manuel Palomo-Duarte
  • Juan Manuel Dodero
  • Andrea Cappiluppi
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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of OpenSym 2019, the 15th International Symposium on Open Collaboration
PublisherACM Press
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 22 Aug 2019
EventOpenSym 2019, the 15th International Symposium on Open Collaboration - Skövde, Sweden
Duration: 20 Aug 201922 Aug 2019


ConferenceOpenSym 2019, the 15th International Symposium on Open Collaboration
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Students in higher education are traditionally requested to produce various pieces of written work during the courses they undertake. When students’ work is submitted online as a whole, both the ethically questionable act of procrastinat- ing and late submissions affect performance. The objective of this paper is to assess the performance of students from a control group, with that of students from an experimental group. The control group produced work as a unique deliv- erable to be submitted at the end of the course. On the other hand, the experimental group worked on each part for a week, and their work was managed by a wiki environment and mon- itored by a specifically developed software. Positive effects were noticed in the experimental group, as both students’ time management skills and performance increased. Replications of this experiment can and should be performed, in order to compare results in coursework submission.


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