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(11) CSCL

Wiki Notes

Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL)

(1) Why Analyze 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 scientific 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 laboratory activities in which they analyze whole-class data using wikis and collaborative web-based documents, students gain an understanding that the scientific enterprise requires collaboration, independent verification, and peer review. In this best-practices session, participants are introduced to a range of collaborative web-based activities in which they collect and analyze data submitted by their colleagues.

To gain a conceptual understanding of the power of collaborative analysis of pooled data, please read the following two articles and watch the video.

 IMPORTANT NOTE : 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.

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).

'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. 

  •  Submit  Complete the Hurricane Activity and submit data using the appropriate links. Analyze the data that has been collected from everyone enrolled.  Note:  You will need to use the back button or browser history to return to this page following the activity. 


(2) Sample Collaborative Investigations
  •  Submit   - 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 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.