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Article of Volume 7, Issue 3, September 2012

4SPPIces: A case study of factors in a scripted collaborative-learning blended course across spatial locations

Authors: Mar Pérez-Sanagustín, Patricia Santos, Davinia Hernández-Leo, Josep Blat

Abstract: Computer-Supported Collaborative Blended Learning (CSCBL) scripts are complex learning situations in which formal and informal activities conducted at different spatial locations are coordinated and integrated into one unique learning setting through the use of technology. We define a conceptual model identifying four factors to be considered when addressing the design of these CSCBL scripts and of the technological system for supporting their enactment: the space, the pedagogical method, the participants and the history (4SPPIces factors). This paper presents and evaluates a CSCBL script designed according to the 4SPPIces factors. The script is proposed for extending the learning of geographic fieldwork in a geography course at a high school. In this script, students reflect about the urbanism and the socio-geographic characteristics of a Barcelona neighborhood. The script blends individual and collaborative activities supported by mobile and computer-based technologies conducted in the classroom, home and city. The script is evaluated in a case study involving thirty-four students and two teachers. The case study reports: (1) the CSCBL script designed with the teachers, considering the 4SPPIces factors and the associated technological environment and (2) the results of enacting the script in the actual learning context and analysing whether it fulfils the targeted learning objectives. The results from this case study show the impact of considering the 4SPPIces factors to enhance a real practice providing new learning and motivational benefits. The CSCBL script presented is an example that can encourage other practitioners and researchers to adopt the 4SPPices factors in similar educational situations.

Keywords: Computer supported collaborative learning script, Blended learning, Educational spaces, Mobile learning, Case study

Citation: Pérez-Sanagustín, M., Santos, P., Hernández-Leo, D., & Blat, J. (2012) 4SPPIces: A case study of factors in a scripted collaborative-learning blended course across spatial locations. ijcscl 7 (3), pp. 443-465

DOI: 10.1007/s11412-011-9139-3

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