Collaboration as scaffolding: Learning together with dynamic, interactive scientific visualizations and computer models

Marcia C. Linn, Hsin-Kai Wu, Ji Shen, Hsin Yi Chang

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Abstract

Modern technology not only greatly expands the variety of media available for science learning (e.g., dynamic computer visualizations, interactive simulations, computerbased modeling environments), but also significantly enhances opportunities for supporting collaborative learning. The studies in this symposium examine collaboration as a scaffolding strategy in science classrooms that use technology-enhanced visualizations to aid student learning. Together, they consider various forms of collaboration, including co-construction, critique, discussion forums, knowledge distribution, and peer instruction in technologyenhanced learning environments. This interactive poster session will engage presenters and participants in a conversation that explores the following questions: What opportunities exist for different forms of collaboration in science learning environments that employ interactive visualizations? How can we best design technology-enhanced science visualizations to foster collaborative learning? How can we harness the power of interactive visualizations to enhance the effectiveness of collaborative learning? What are the affordances and constraints of different forms of technology-enhanced collaboration for students trying to understand complex scientific topics?

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConnecting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice
Subtitle of host publicationCSCL 2011 Conf. Proc. - Community Events Proceedings, 9th International Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conf.
Pages1029-1036
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Dec 1
Event9th International Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference: Connecting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice, CSCL 2011 - Hong Kong, China
Duration: 2011 Jul 42011 Jul 8

Publication series

NameConnecting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice: CSCL 2011 Conf. Proc. - Community Events Proceedings, 9th International Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conf.

Other

Other9th International Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference: Connecting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice, CSCL 2011
CountryChina
CityHong Kong
Period11/7/411/7/8

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications

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    Linn, M. C., Wu, H-K., Shen, J., & Chang, H. Y. (2011). Collaboration as scaffolding: Learning together with dynamic, interactive scientific visualizations and computer models. In Connecting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice: CSCL 2011 Conf. Proc. - Community Events Proceedings, 9th International Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conf. (pp. 1029-1036). (Connecting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice: CSCL 2011 Conf. Proc. - Community Events Proceedings, 9th International Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conf.).