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Collaboration is hard

Collaborative writing turned out to be more challenging than I surmised, primarily because we each approached the project with different styles (not writing styles--collaboration styles). However, this turned out to be the best lesson for me personally--the need to accept and embrace each individual. We talk about pedagogical design needing to recognize the variety of… Continue reading Collaboration is hard

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CSCL Revisited

CSCL combines many of the theoretical elements we studied in instructional design--constructivist learning, social negotiation of knowledge, the importance of communication transactions--with the area I work in: Internet-delivered instruction. While the group I work with has long advocated the use of student groups as a means to address enrollment scalability, CSCL lends research-based credence to… Continue reading CSCL Revisited

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Coop-alaboration

While both cooperative and collaborative learning are founded in constructivist theory where knowledge is actively constructed by students, the distinction between cooperative learning as, "a division of labor among participants" and collaborative learning as "mutual engagement of participants in a coordinated effort to solve the problem together" (Roschelle & Teasley as cited in Resta &… Continue reading Coop-alaboration

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CSCL: The Way Ahead

Resta, Paul. (2007). Technology in Support of Collaborative Learning. Journal Educational Psychology Review, 19(1), 65-83. doi:10.1007/s10648-007-9042-7. This article shows that CSCL encompasses several familiar models (social constructivism, cognitive apprenticeship, and situated cognition) and also offers new avenue to explore (distributed cognition, activity-network theory). The article provides a welcome clear distinction between cooperative and collaborative learning:… Continue reading CSCL: The Way Ahead