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After 6 years of collaboration among dozens of researchers, we have a new book!

Suthers, D. D., Lund, K., Rosé, C. P., Teplovs, C., & Law, N. (2013). Productive Multivocality in the Analysis of Group Interactions. New York: Springer.

The key idea of this book is that scientific and practical advances can be obtained if researchers working in multiple traditions make a concerted and sustained effort to engage in dialogue with each other by comparing and contrasting their understandings of a given phenomenon and considering how these different understandings can either complement or mutually elaborate on each other. This key idea applies to many fields, particularly in the social and behavioral sciences, as well as education and computer science. The book shows how we have achieved this by presenting our analyses of collaborative learning during the course of a four-year project involving dozens of researchers in a series of five workshops. The 37 editors and authors involved in this project generally study collaborative learning, technology enhanced learning, and cooperative work, and share an interest in understanding group interactions, but approach this topic from a variety of disciplinary homes and theoretical and methodological traditions. The sustained dialogue across these multiple “voices” makes this book useful to researchers in many different fields and with diverse goals and agendas.

See the Springer site here and get pre-prints at the Publications page on this site.

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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.

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