Designing and Investigating Pedagogical Scripts to Facilitate Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning
2008. 88 p.
Computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) appears to provide a
promising social approach to foster learning. On the other hand,
recent studies have indicated that when learners are left on their
own, it is often difficult for teams to engage in productive
interactions. Therefore, the use of collaboration scripts as
instructional support has been presented as a possibility to trigger
productive collaborative activities.
This study provides knowledge of collaboration scripts as a
pedagogical method to facilitate group processes in virtual
environments in authentic educational contexts. The findings indicate
that scripts as external support can help students proceed in solving
learning tasks. This study involved a number of different scripts and
groups. However, none of the scripts could guarantee equal and high-
level collaboration within the teams, and there was also considerable
variation between the groups in this respect. Based on the findings of
this study, in the future, scripts should support group flexibility
and collaboration, depending on the learning goals, learnerś
characteristics and roles assumed in a group.
Research Reports 24
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