Learners’ agency and CSCL technologies: towards an emancipatory perspective
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This squib continues the ongoing conversation about the direction and future of CSCL, initiated by Wise and Schwarz (International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, 12, 423–467, 2017) and the ijCSCL editors. It argues that CSCL should take an emancipatory perspective to learners’ agency and its technological substratum. The implication is that learners should be empowered to select, change, inter-operate and/or adapt not only the software applications they use, but more generally, the support they obtain from these technologies. This raises many exciting questions and challenges for CSCL in terms of educational, social, design and technical considerations.
KeywordsLearners’ agency Emancipation Adaptability Design of computational artifacts
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