Notes from Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning conference 2011

July 21, 2011, [MD]

This was my first year attending the bi-annual CSCL conference, which this year happened to be at the Hong Kong University campus. I was very excited, since I had been reading papers by many of the people who would be attending, and it would also be the first time I'd be in Hong Kong (and later China) with my supervisor, and people from my university.

Although the actual core conference only lasts for a few days, I began my participation with two days of pre-conferences, attended post-conference events in both Guangzhou and Beijing, and even the doctoral summer school in Beijing that was affiliated with the conference. Thus, my earliest notes are from [[cscl11:leveraging_tool_support_for_the_analysis_of_computer-mediated_activities|the pre-conference on machine learning and data analysis on July 4th]], and my latest ones fromGerry Stahl's]][[cscl11:past_present_and_future_of_research_on_educational_technology_in_the_westwhich I mentioned above was organized byCarolyn Penstein Rosé]and her post-docGregory Dyke]], and discussed tools to analyze computer-mediated communications. We got training in using [[t:Tatianawas about connecting levels of learning, organized by [[:a:Daniel D. Suthers|Dan Suthers]],Chris Teplovs]], [[:a:Marten de Laatfrom Google Research opened the conference with an interesting keynote on augmented social cognition, with several neat cases from his work with access to huge data sets. From the conference sessions, I managed to capture two very interesting sessions on technology-enhanced interactions & analysis ([[cscl11:technology-enhanced_interactions_analysis|1]], [[cscl11:technology-enhanced_interactions_analysis_ii|2]]), and one [[cscl11:mupemure|session on MUPEMURE]], a "Model of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning with Multiple Representations".

There were some very interesting presentations about the future of Knowledge Forum in the Guangzhou post-conference, which I did not manage to capture (but check out these slides 1, 2). I did get some notes from two of Gerry Stahl's presentations, one [[cscl11:cscl-*two*case_studies|describing two case study analyses he did]], and one on [[cscl11:past_present_and_future_of_research_on_educational_technology_in_the_west|the history and future of CSCL]].

I'm looking forward to the International Conference on Learning Sciences next year in Sydney (CSCL and ICLS alternate every other year), where I hop to present a paper on open learning environments. I'm also planning to dig into all the notes I took, and all the connections I made, read more papers, etc.

Stian

Stian Håklev July 21, 2011 Toronto, Canada
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