Elizabeth is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation (CRLI).
Collaborative project work at university is seen as an important foundation for learners to become ready for an increasingly global, complex and technology-based workplace. However, while the benefits of group tasks are recognised by both students and instructors, research shows consistent concerns around effective facilitation, equitable participation and the fairness of assessment. Evidence from recent studies suggests that computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL) environment design that deliberately scaffolds groups through both knowledge and self-regulation activities results in more learning for participants and better quality outcomes for collaborative tasks. This design-based study will investigate the effect of using intentional CSCL design to facilitate these frequent and productive interactions within and across learning groups engaged in complex problem-solving. Understanding how these features are applied by participants in the process of their group project can help us frame future CSCL environments that reliably influence successful collaboration.
Memberships and affiliations
ATEM, ICOM, Educause, ASCILITE, ISLS