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Article of Volume 2, Issue 2-3, September 2007

Specifying computer-supported collaboration scripts

Authors: Lars Kobbe, Armin Weinberger, Pierre Dillenbourg, Andreas Harrer, Raija Hämäläinen, Päivi Häkkinen, Frank Fischer

Abstract: Collaboration scripts facilitate social and cognitive processes of collaborative learning by shaping the way learners interact with each other. Computer-supported collaboration scripts generally suffer from the problem of being restrained to a specific learning platform. A standardization of collaboration scripts first requires a specification of collaboration scripts that integrates multiple perspectives from computer science, education and psychology. So far, only few and limited attempts at such specifications have been made. This paper aims to consolidate and expand these approaches in light of recent findings and to propose a generic framework for the specification of collaboration scripts. The framework enables a description of collaboration scripts using a small number of components (participants, activities, roles, resources and groups) and mechanisms (task distribution, group formation and sequencing).

Keywords: Activities, Collaborative learning, Collaboration scripts, CSCL scripts, Group formation, Roles, Sequencing, Task distribution

Citation: Kobbe, L., Weinberger, A., Dillenbourg, P., Harrer, A., Hämäläinen, R., Häkkinen, P. & Fischer, F. (2007) Specifying computer-supported collaboration scripts. ijcscl 2 (2-3)

DOI: 10.1007/s11412-007-9014-4

Preprint: Acrobat-PDF kobbe_2_2.pdf

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