Institute of Education


Working towards a comprehensive instructional framework for CSCL support

Start: Nov 21, 2017 12:30 PM
End: Nov 21, 2017 01:30 PM

Location: UCL Knowledge Lab, 23-29 Emerald St, London WC1N 3QS

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Explore the current and future structure of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL), contrasting the Utopian and Dystopian outcomes if a comprehensive instruction framework is, or is not, introduced.

Building on a recent position paper (Rummel, Walker & Aleven, 2016, Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education, 26(2), 784-795), Nikol Rummel argues against supporting collaborative learners in an overly simplistic manner and for CSCL support provided within a comprehensive instructional framework.

Nikol introduces an initial set of support dimensions of such a framework and illustrates what can be gained by cutting across these dimensions by presenting sample research from one support dimension and comparing it to research that takes into account more than one dimension.

In this seminar, it argued that further research is needed to turn the current set of unconnected support dimensions into an instructional framework that allows orchestrating support across multiple dimensions. This change would provide nuanced and flexible support to collaborative learners in computer-based settings.

About the speaker

Dr. Nikol Rummel is Head of the Educational Psychology Lab in the Institute of Educational Research at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, and an Adjunct Professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on instructional support for learning in computer-supported settings, with a focus on CSCL and on developing and evaluating adaptive collaborative learning support.


This event is open to all and free to attend. Registration is required for those external to UCL, please email Michelle Cannon at m.cannon@ucl.ac.uk.

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