ICCE 2006 full-day tutorial (T1):
Introduction to CSCL History, Methodology, Theory and Technology

November 30th, 2006, Beijing




"Introduction to CSCL History, Methodology, Theory and Technology" is a highly collaborative and interactive full-day tutorial for anyone interested in finding out more about Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning. It is particularly designed for PhD students planning to do dissertations related to CSCL or other researchers who want to become more involved in CSCL research. We would also welcome practitioners (teachers) who are interested in raising the quality of their teaching by bringing in collaborative characteristics and support tools in their classrooms.


Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) involves the use of computers in education to promote collaborative learning or community knowledge building. It is based in theories of learning that consider how students learn from interacting with people and from growing up in a culture. Computer technology allows students to communicate intensively with each other and to interact with computational systems (simulations, agents, data sources, information processing). CSCL explores the potentials and barriers that arise in the use of computer networks to promote collaborative learning. It is a new and interdisciplinary field, combining concern with education, technology, social theory, psychology and design.


This tutorial will touch upon an overview of several CSCL theories, technologies and methodologies. During the session, you will have chance to participate in a series of collaborative activities so that you could have the first-hand experience of what Collaborative Learning is, through some typical Computer Support tools.



Session format


1.      All participants of the tutorial are invited to provide a short description of the work that they are doing in the CSCL area and the kind of research problems/questions they are tackling at the moment. Each write-up should be about 250-300 words and should not exceed 400 words. Please send your description to nmiyake@sist.chukyo-u.ac.jp by November 25th, 2006.

2.      We will provide you with first-hand experiences of collaborative activities like the Jigsaw method, commenting and sharing of comments of CSCL related video clips.  Within the Jigsaw session, you will read some handbook chapters introducing CSCL, so that you could build on and expand what you read by explaining to each others.  For video clip comment sharing, we will use some classic demo videos of CSCL work as well as interview videos of some seminal figures of the field.

3.      You will have chances to experience and explore some CSCL tools/environments available on the Web. (So please bring your own laptop with wireless device set up.)






9:00 – 9:30       Opening: Introducing members and ice breaking

9:30 – 10:30     Jigsaw reading of CSCL introduction chapters 

10:30 – 10:45   Break

10:45 – 12:00   Video viewing and comment writing


12:00 – 1:30     Lunch break (on your own)



1:30 – 2:30       Sharing comments on video clips

2:30 – 3:30       The Virtual Math Teams (VMT) Project

3:30 – 4:00       Break

4:00 – 5:00       Experiencing FLE (Future Learning Environment)

5:00 – 6:00       Closing discussion and wrap-up


There are limited seats (approximately 30) for this session. Please register ASAP at the conference site (http://www.icce-2006.org/register.htm ) if you are interested. We look forward to seeing you in Beijing! 


Chair: Naomi Miyake

Co-chairs: Nan Zhou & Weiqin Chen

Tutorial T1 (ICCE 2006)





Multi-lingual copies of a 15-page introduction to CSCL are available on the web in advance: CSCL: An Historical Perspective by Stahl, Koschmann & Suthers is a chapter from the new Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Sciences and is available in simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, and English. It covers the history, important literature and theory of CSCL from an interaction perspective.

This text will be supplemented by articles from ijCSCL vol. 1, no. 1. There full text is available from Springer (http://www.springerlink.com/content/u6159767t873/) or from ijCSCL (http://ijcscl.org/?go=contents&volume=1&issue=1):

Together, these papers will illustrate a range of research methodologies, technologies and theories of CSCL.


Note: Chinese-speaking graduate students and other non-native English speakers are especially welcome. No worries about your language. We will group our participants accordingly so we can have fun and fruitful discussions and you will learn a lot from it.