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COLLAGE: A Collaborative Learning Design Editor Based on Patterns

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Journal of Educational Technology & Society Volume 9, Number 1, ISSN 1176-3647 e-ISSN 1176-3647


This paper introduces "Collage", a high-level IMS-LD compliant authoring tool that is specialized for CSCL (Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning). Nowadays CSCL is a key trend in e-learning since it highlights the importance of social interactions as an essential element of learning. CSCL is an interdisciplinary domain, which demands participatory design techniques that allow teachers to get directly involved in design activities. Developing CSCL designs using LD is a difficult task for teachers since LD is a complex technical specification and modelling collaborative characteristics can be tricky. "Collage" helps teachers in the process of creating their own potentially effective collaborative Learning Designs by reusing and customizing patterns, according to the requirements of a particular learning situation. These patterns, called Collaborative Learning Flow Patterns (CLFPs), represent best practices that are repetitively used by practitioners when structuring the flow of (collaborative) learning activities. An example of an LD that can be created using "Collage" is illustrated in the paper. Preliminary evaluation results show that teachers with experience in CL but without LD knowledge, can successfully design real collaborative learning experiences using "Collage". (Contains 1 table and 6 figures.)


Hernandez-Leo, D., Villasclaras-Fernandez, E.D., Asensio-Perez, J.I., Dimitriadis, Y., Jorrin-Abellan, I.M., Ruiz-Requies, I. & Rubia-Avi, B. (2006). COLLAGE: A Collaborative Learning Design Editor Based on Patterns. Journal of Educational Technology & Society, 9(1), 58-71. Retrieved December 13, 2019 from .

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