Exploring collaborative aspects of knowledge building through collaborative summary notes

Jan van Aalst*, John Kamimura, Carol K.K. Chan

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Abstract

We explore the use of collaborative summary notes in Knowledge Forum™ (KF) as a way to capture the distributed nature of knowledge advances among groups of students building knowledge together. The purpose of this exploration is to develop assessments that can be used for scaffolding the discourse and promoting ideas within the community, as well as for evaluation. The unit of analysis was the group on KF. Students in two high school classes collaborated on a progressive inquiry exploring aspects of a recent SARS outbreak and some related topics. They were asked to write collaborative, co-authored, summary notes to make the nature and importance of the knowledge advances they achieved clear for their peers. The findings indicate that note ratings were positively related to the number of co-authors and the number of views (different discussion spaces) in which students had worked.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Supported Collaborative Learning 2005
Subtitle of host publicationThe Next 10 Years - Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning 2005, CSCL 2005
EditorsTimothy Koschmann, Daniel D. Suthers, Tak-Wai Chan
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge
Pages697-706
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781351226882
ISBN (Print)9780805857825
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event6th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2005 - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: 30 May 20054 Jun 2005
Conference number: 6

Conference

Conference6th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2005
Abbreviated titleCSCL 2005
CountryTaiwan, Province of China
CityTaipei
Period30/05/054/06/05

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Knowledge building

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