Title: Patterns for designing planning mechanisms in CSCL environments

Authors: Flavia Maria Santoro, Marcos R.S. Borges, Neide Santos

Addresses: School of Applied Informatics, Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Av. Pasteur, 458, CEP 22245-040, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ' Graduate Program in Informatics, IM&NCE, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, PO Box 2324, CEP 20001-970, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ' Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, PO Box 20550-013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Abstract: Designing and building Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) environments are complex tasks owing to their interdisciplinary characteristics. However, the analysis of CSCL environments presented in the literature shows that it is possible to identify common design elements that can be reused to help software professionals in their work. The goal of this paper is to present five patterns to aid the development of planning mechanisms in CSCL. We have mined the patterns by identifying common problems in planning CSCL activities and we point out solutions that are based on real use cases or strongly established theories.

Keywords: computer supported collaborative learning; CSCL; patterns; collaborative learning planning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAT.2006.009066

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2006 Vol.25 No.2/3, pp.102 - 115

Published online: 21 Feb 2006 *

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