Making a difference: analytics for quality knowledge-building conversations

Frank P.C.M. de Jong, Joan van den Ende, Hennie van Heijst, Yoshiaki Matsuzawa, Paul Kirschner, Jianwei Zhang, Mei Hwa Chen, Feng Chen, Carolyn Rosé, Erick Velazquez Godinez, Sylvie Ratté, Bodong Chen, Carol Chan, Jan van Aalst, Yuqin Yang, Jun Oshima, Cindy Hmelo-Silver, Alyssa Wise

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The symposium focuses on the analysis of the knowledge building process e.g. idea improvement conversations by which students get to a high quality of knowledge and understanding. Learning Analytics (LA) focuses on the collection, measure and analysis of data about learners and their contexts (Long & Siemens, 2011). LA tools are normally rooted in probabilistic/frequency-based approaches. These are themselves incapable of capturing the meaning of texts at any level, because probabilities do not constitute natural language semantics. Therefore, semantic related analytics seems to be a promising approach. Not only to get insight in the process of knowledge building as a support for students and teachers in this collective process but also as a possibility for assessment. Not to control but to mirror and feed forward the semiotic collaborative process of building an understanding that makes a difference for how students look at and act in our world.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaking a Difference
Subtitle of host publicationPrioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL - 12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2017 - Conference Proceedings
EditorsBrian K. Smith, Marcela Borge, Emma Mercier, Kyu Yon Lim
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780990355021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Event12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2017: Making a Difference: Prioritizing Equity and Access - Philadelphia, United States
Duration: 18 Jun 201722 Jun 2017
Conference number: 12

Publication series

NameComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL
ISSN (Print)1573-4552


Conference12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2017
Abbreviated titleCSCL
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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