Non-linear dynamical development of CSCL communities

Li Sha*, Jan van Aalst

*Corresponding author for this work

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The goal of this study was to explore the dynamics of the formation and development of CSCL communities, which is believed to reflect, to a large extent, the interaction among learners. Two different types of CSCL communities (grade four students and teacher education) were investigated. The data representing note reading were analyzed from a non-linear dynamical system perspective. The findings indicate that the grade four data are best described by an exponential model, and the teacher education data by an oscillatory model. We conclude that the method we discuss is potentially useful for understanding the development of reading practices in a CSCL community.

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
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781351226882
ISBN (Print)9780805857825
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event6th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2005 - Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 30 May 20054 Jun 2005
Conference number: 6


Conference6th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2005
Abbreviated titleCSCL 2005


  • Development
  • Knowledge building
  • Non-linear dynamical system


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