Introduction.- Educational information technologies and collaborative learning - anything new?.- PART I. Modeling, Analysis, and Design of Collaborative Learning.- Introduction.- Modeling the process of collaborative learning.- An approach for coaching collaboration based on differences recognition and participation tracking.- Points of cooperation: integrating cooperative learning into web-based courses.- A computational tool for lifelong learning through experiencing breakdowns and understanding the situations.- PART II. Collaborative tools in educational practice.- Introduction.- Supporting collaborative activities in computer-integrated classrooms - the NIMIS approach.- Designing support for collaborative virtual laboratories in distance learning settings.- Pupil communication during electronic collaborative projects: integrating communicational tools with communicational scenarios.- Supporting awareness in a distributed and asynchronous collaborative learning environment.- Index.
This book relates contemporary information and communication technologies (ICT) to their specific teaching and learning functions, including how ICT is appropriated for and by educational or learning communities. The technological "hot spots" of interest in this book include: groupware or multi-user technologies such as group archives or synchronous co-construction environments, embedded interactive technologies in the spirit of ubiquitous computing, and modeling tools based on rich representations.
Compiled, written and edited by an international consortium of leading researchers
Encompasses multiple complementary and competing perspectives
Useful in understanding the challenges inherent in this developing area of research
Covers emerging technologies for supporting distributed collaborative learning from their theoretical bases to their application in the classroom