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The sociability of computer-supported collaborative learning environment

The sociability of computer-supported collaborative learning environment,Educational Technology & Society,Karel Kreijins,Paul A. Kirschner,Wim Jochems

The sociability of computer-supported collaborative learning environment   (Citations: 38)
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There is much positive research on computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) environments in asynchronous distributed learning groups (DLGs). There is also research that shows that contemporary CSCL environments do not completely fulfil expectations on supporting interactive group learning, shared understanding, social construction of knowledge, and acquisition of competencies. There appear to be two major pitfalls impeding achievement of the desired social interaction in CSCL environments: taking social interaction in groups for granted and the lack of attention paid to the social psychological dimension of social interaction outside of the task context. Current solutions offered to avoid the pitfalls placed responsibility on instructors and teachers to encourage collaborative learning and social interaction. To both free educators from this burden and be more cost effective, we propose an intelligent CSCL environment. The environment is based upon a theoretical framework that suggests embedding certain properties in the environment to act as social contextual facilitators-social affordances-to initiate and sustain learner's social interactions. Finally, a group awareness widget (GAW)-a software tool providing the learner group awareness about the others in the task and in the non-task context-is introduced as an embodiment of this theoretical framework.
Journal: Educational Technology & Society - ETS , vol. 5, no. 1, 2002
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