The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) 2011 conference is coming up soon. It will be in Hong Kong July 4-8. Online registration is open until June 27th. See http://www.isls.org/cscl2011/. We are participating in two major ways.
Dan Suthers is leading a symposium on Productive Multivocality in the Analysis of Collaborative Learning. This is the culmination of a series of 5 workshops (held at ICLS 2008, CSCL 2009, Alpine Rendez-Vous 2009, ICLS 2010 and Alpine Rendez-Vous 2011: the links are to workshop descriptions). The workshops supported the ongoing collaboration of a few dozen researchers, including LILT’s Richard Medina and LILT alumni Nathan Dwyer and Ravi Vatrapu. Our symposium paper has 17 authors! It will be posted in publications here as the conference approaches. According to the schedule we are at 16:30 Wednesday July 6th.
Dan Suthers is also co-organizing a workshop on Connecting Levels of Learning in Networked Communites. This workshop is for researchers in CSCL and related fields who seek to understand how learning takes place in the interplay between individual, small group and collective (community or networked) levels of activity in "online" or Information and Communication Technology-mediated settings. We will address concomitant questions concerning how theories at multiple levels of analysis articulate with each other or explain phenomena across levels, and how methods for local analysis (e.g., process oriented microanalysis) can be coordinated with methods for global analysis (e.g., structural social network analysis). You may still participate in this workshop as a "Basic" participant: see this workshop description for details.