Designing Collaborative Learning through Computer Support

Authored by: Vanessa P. Dennen , Christopher Hoadley

The International Handbook of Collaborative Learning

Print publication date:  February  2013
Online publication date:  March  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415805735
eBook ISBN: 9780203837290
Adobe ISBN: 9781136869556

10.4324/9780203837290.ch22

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Abstract

Collaborative learning with technology is more than the use of some tool; rather, it requires careful design of not only tools, but also the learning activities and settings in which those tools take place. Computer-supported collaborative learning is distinguished by the use of technology to support collaborative learning, as well as by a history of examining not only the design of technology tools but also by the design of learning environments, including such aspects as curriculum or even more emergent aspects such as facilitated student-driven inquiry. In this chapter, we discuss theories, principles, and techniques for designing computer-supported collaborative learning environments. In the next section, we examine the role of instructional theories and provide several examples. Following that, we examine some of the designed elements of CSCL and the settings in which it may be implemented. Finally, we discuss some of the design models used in creating CSCL environments.

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