Title: "Computer-supported scripting of interaction in collaborative learning environments."
Day: Monday, May 30, 2005
Organizers: Armin Weinberger, Frank Fischer, Päivi Häkkinen, Pierre
Dillenbourg, Andreas Harrer
Contact: Armin Weinberger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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In computer-supported collaborative learning, effective interaction patterns
do not always occur spontaneously. Learners seem to have difficulties to
participate actively in discourse and to share knowledge when working on
collaborative learning tasks. Computer-supported scripts are activity programs
implemented in the interface of CSCL environments that specify,
sequence and assign roles and activities to collaborative learners that learners
typically do not engage in spontaneously. For example, a computer-supported
script may assign the roles of a "case analyst" and a "constructive critic".
First, the script would have the case analyst provide a preliminary solution to
a case, second have the critic question, criticize and modify the preliminary
solution, and finally have the case analyst respond to the critic and provide a
modified solution. Computer-supported scripts can be represented in the
interface of CSCL environments through different types of scaffolds, such as
sentence starters represented in the message windows of text-based
Computer-supported scripts typically require very little prior training for
learners. Teachers hardly need to intervene in the scripted collaborative
processes of learners. Empirical studies have shown that computer-supported
scripts can foster participation, specific interaction patterns in CSCL, and
individual acquisition of domain-specific and domain-general knowledge.
The goals of the workshop are to introduce the idea of computer-supported
scripting and to discuss a framework of how to specify computer-supported script
components based on process-oriented educational approaches to collaborative
learning. Based on this framework, the workshop aims to work out when and how to
apply what kind of computer-supported script in different CSCL environments.
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