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Persico D., Pozzi F., Sarti L. Design patterns for monitoring and evaluating CSCL processes. In: Computers in Human Behavior, vol. 25 (5) pp. 1020 - 1027. Design Patterns for Augmenting E-Learning Experiences. Elsevier, 2009.
Both quantitative and qualitative methods are being increasingly used to investigate the learning dynamics that take place within CSCL environments. Since such practices are a crucial aspect of the CSCL field, Design Patterns (DPs) can be used for capitalizing on experience and sharing know-how among practitioners. This paper describes three DP instances that have been developed and fine tuned by a community of practice consisting of researchers, instructional designers and tutors with the aim of supporting monitoring and evaluation of CSCL interactions. The DP solutions are based on a set of indicators, some of quantitative and some of qualitative nature, as well as on the methods to gauge these indicators, starting from data tracked by the e-learning system. The process of development of these DPs is described and examples of use are reported and discussed in order to advance the instructional design field and inform the development of CSCL systems. The proposed DPs belong to a Language, aimed at describing tracking problems in different types of e-learning systems and at capturing in their solutions the know-how developed by communities of experts in the different fields.
DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2009.01.003
Subject Design Patterns development
Design Patterns usage
Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL)

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