ERIC Number: ED429584
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
WEBGUIDE: Guiding Collaborative Learning on the Web with Perspectives.
Stahl, Gerry; Butcher, Kirstin; Caron, John; Johnson, Gabe; Lenell, Elizabeth; Long, Scott; dePaula, Rogerio; Prestopnik, Paul; Sumner, Tammy
In January 1999, an interdisciplinary seminar of doctoral students from cognitive, educational and computational sciences was organized to study theoretical texts that might provide insight into how to support collaborative learning with perspectives-based software. The seminar uses a Web-based tool called WEBGUIDE to mediate and structure collaborative learning, including reflection on use of the software. This software uses an innovation mechanism to define a flexible system of perspectives on a shared knowledge construction space. WEBGUIDE provides an electronic and persistent workspace for individuals and teams to develop and share distinctive points of view on a topic. The software and associated usage practices are being designed by testing it in a middle school classroom and in an advanced graduate seminar. The experience in these usage situations has raised a range of questions concerning theoretical and practical issues, which are driving the research. This paper is a reflection on what the designers are learning collaboratively about how software artifacts can mediate learning and shared cognition. Contains 36 references. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 19-23, 1999). Colored photographs may not reproduce clearly.