COMPUTER SUPPORTED COLLABORATIVE LEARNING (CSCL)
(1) Why Analyze Data Whole-Class Data?
Collaborative web-based document technology provides the opportunity to instantly collect and analyze large sets of data from multiple lab groups and class sections with speed and accuracy. Curricular resources can be developed that employ this emerging technology to create a classroom environment that mirrors the collaborative environment of a professional research community. Students gain a better understanding of various aspects of the nature of science when they view their findings in the context of a larger set of data collected by their peers. By engaging in activities in which they analyze whole-class data using wikis and collaborative web-based documents, students gain an understanding that the research enterprise requires collaboration, independent verification, and peer review. To gain a conceptual understanding of the power of collaborative analysis of pooled data, please read the following two articles and watch the video. Although the examples are from science, they concepts can apply to any discipline. When you click on any Video link, you will be taken to a different website. After viewing the website, please click the back button in your browser to return to the course.
VIDEO - Collaborative Analysis of Pooled Data - Analyzing Hurricane Data (20:58).
Rivas, Mike and Norman Herr (2010) The use of collaborative web-based documents and websites to build scientific research communities in science classrooms. Proceedings of the 8th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, January 7-10, Honolulu, Hawaii (pp. 851-858).
d 'Alessio, Matthew, and Loraine Lundquist (2013). Computer Supported Collaborative Rocketry: Teaching students to distinguish good and bad data like an expert physicist. The Physics Teacher, in press.
- Complete the Hurricane Activity and submit data using the appropriate links. Analyze the data that has been collected from everyone enrolled in the HPCA mini course. Note: You will need to use the back button or browser history to return to this page following the activity.
(2) Sample Collaborative Investigations
VIDEO - Resources for Making a CSCL Lesson (16:27)
- Complete the Cell Cycle Investigation (choose any tissue sample) and the Biological Molecules Investigation (choose any molecule). Analyze the data that has been collected from everyone. Note: You will need to use the back button or browser history to return to this page following the activity.
(3) Copying & Adapting CSCS Lessons
VIDEO - Copying Websites from existing CSCL Lessons (11:40)
VIDEO - Copying Documents - Introduction (5:45)
VIDEO - Copying Spreadsheets from existing CSCL Lessons (12:58)
VIDEO - Copying Forms from existing CSCL Lessons (10:57)
VIDEO - Copying Photo Albums from existing CSCL Lessons (12:06)
- Post links to your adapted spreadsheets, documents, drawings, presentations. You are free to copy and adapt any of these activities for use in your own classrooms.