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Awareness of Cognitive and Social Behaviour in a CSCL Environment

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Journal of Computer Assisted Learning Volume 31, Number 1, ISSN 0266-4909


Most distributed and virtual online environments for and pedagogies of computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) neglect the social and social-emotional aspects underlying the group dynamics of learning and working in a CSCL group. These group dynamics often determine whether the group will develop into a well-performing team and whether a sound social space emerges. Using a theory-based CSCL framework, two studies evaluated whether two tools, Radar and Reflector, supported cognitive, social and socio-emotional aspects of team development, encouraging promotive interaction and group processing in the teams. While not affecting product quality, tool use did lead to groups who perceived their team as being better developed, as having higher levels of group satisfaction and lower levels of conflicts. The results support that promotive interaction and group processing was increased by using Radar and Reflector.


Kirschner, P.A., Kreijns, K., Phielix, C. & Fransen, J. (2015). Awareness of Cognitive and Social Behaviour in a CSCL Environment. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 31(1), 59-77. Retrieved April 1, 2020 from .

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