FOSTERING COLLABORATION IN CSCL: TECHNIQUES AND SYSTEM FUNCTIONS

F. Pozzi

Keywords

Collaboration, techniques, system functions, jigsaw, peer review, socioconstructivism

Abstract

The recent diffusion of information and communication technologies in the educational field has allowed the adoption of socio-constructivist approaches in virtual learning contexts. In particular, the research field of computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL) considers the negotiation of meanings through discussion and collaboration as the main catalyst agent for developing new knowledge. In CSCL, different techniques can be used by the designer for fostering debate and collaboration among peers. The present paper illustrates some of the most popular stratagems for fostering collaboration online (the jigsaw, the peer review, the case study, the role play). Afterwards, considerations are provided concerning the most useful functions required by the virtual learning system to support the adoption of such techniques and to foster collaboration and interaction.

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