Gina’s Personal Theory of CSCL
I. Purpose and Overview
During the semester spent in the “Designing Online Collaborative Learning” course, I studied thetheory of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL). At the beginning of the class, Icreated a causal map to represent my ideas of how different factors lead to learning in CSCL.After studying factors that affect learning in CSCL, my theory of CSCL evolved.In this paper, I will identify and explain my how personal theory of collaborative learning haschanged over this semester by:
Providing my original example of a group assignment.
Presenting a revised causal map that depicts how my theory has changed and evolved
Describing the similarities and differences between my causal maps
Listing ways to improve group performance
My Original Example
Last semester I was a student in the online version of the Introduction to Instructional Systemsclass. During one group assignment, two other students and I had to analyze a case studyscenario of a needs assessment. We each read the case study and posted our interpretation of thegaps in performance and what was needed to close the gaps to a message board. We used themessage board to refine the team’s description of the needs indicated in the case study. We alsoused the message board to begin to write a needs assessment plan for the company in the casestudy. Our plan was created as a Microsoft Word document, and we decided that using email to pass the document back and forth for editing was easier than using the message board.
Table 1 Overview of Group AssignmentTarget learning outcome(s)?
Develop a needs assessment plan for a givenscenario.
Class online or F2F?
Number of students in group?
Tools used to support group work?
Blackboard discussion board
Time given to complete groupassignment?
Percent of course grade?