Istituto per le Tecnologie Didattiche     
Calvani A., Fini A., Pettenati M. C., Sarti L. Remarks on CSCL Theories Applied to Open Source solutions for the Design of Collaborative Learning Environments. In: E-Learn 2004 - World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2004 (Washington (D.C.), USA, 1-5 November 2004). Proceedings, vol. 4 pp. 2562 - 2567. J. Nall, R. Robson (eds.). AACE, 2004.
In this paper we propose a perspective analysis and a theoretical model of an open source environment for cooperative learning. A reflection on evolution of e-learning technologies highlights "informal learning" and "virtual learning" communities as very important in e-learning practices. Nevertheless specific technological and methodological solutions in this domain are still to be investigated, especially as for solutions fostering management of collaboration, reflection and metacognition. We argue that CSCL (Computer Supported Collaborative Learning) theory, which is often very sophisticated and rich in the design of functions supporting sharing, collaboration, mutual assistance, reflection and their management as well, should significantly gain from a closer cooperation with open source initiatives. Beyond the implementation of products the overall intent of this work is to give research directions and stimulate instructional designer to work with open source researchers.
Subject Collaborative learning
Learning environments

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