Drawing on Design to Improve Evaluation of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning: Two Complementary Views

Drawing on Design to Improve Evaluation of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning: Two Complementary Views

John B. Nash (Stanford University, USA), Christoph Richter (University of Hannover, Germany) and Heidrun Allert (University of Hannover, Germany)
Copyright: © 2004 |Pages: 30
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-174-2.ch013
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Abstract

This chapter addresses theoretical frameworks for the evaluation of computer-supported learning environments. It outlines the characteristics and obstacles this evaluation must face with regard to projects that design learning experiences, stressing the notion that human-computer interaction is imbedded in social context that is complex and dynamic. The authors examine how scenario-based design and program theory can contribute to the design and evaluation of computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) and present a case study in which both approaches are applied. Based on the revealed complementary frameworks, a compelling approach is drafted that combines both of them. Our goal is to make CSCL designers more aware of the benefits of evaluative thinking in their work and to introduce two tangible approaches to evaluation that, when implemented as a design step, can strengthen CSCL initiatives.

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