Come Let Us Chat Together: Simultaneous Typed-Chat in Computer-Supported Collaborative Dialogue

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This paper describes people chatting at the same time in COMPS group collaborative exercises. Simultaneous typed-chat, students seeing others' typing in real time, is a feature of COMPS. In verbal interaction cooperative dialogue requires turn-taking. People cannot talk simultaneously except for fractions of a second and still conduct dialogue. This paper documents qualitatively that simultaneous chat is happening in the keyboard domain, that students are interactively responding to each other, and that collaborative behaviors occur in this context. COMPS also will incorporate computer recognition of the degree of interactive behavior. This paper also shows evidence that conventionally extracted dialogue turns and features that are used for training text classifiers do not work when applied to simultaneous chat.