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Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning

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Computer-supported cooperative learning


Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) refers to the activity of peers interacting with each other for the purpose of learning and with the support of information and communication technologies (ICT). CSCL also refers to the learning that results from such activity, and to the research field that studies such activity. We examine the components of “learning,” “collaborative,” “computer,” and “supported” in turn, before commenting briefly on the scope of the research field.

Learning generally involves changes in behavior of some agent as a result of experience, but CSCL includes various conceptions of learning that differ on (for example) what is taken to be the agent of learning. These differences are consequential for CSCL, so are summarized in the theoretical discussion of the next section.

Collaborativeactivity is most strictly defined as tightly coordinated activity in which participants seek to maintain a...

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Suthers, D.D. (2012). Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning. In: Seel, N.M. (eds) Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning. Springer, Boston, MA.

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