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Tom Murray <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 27 Mar 2007 11:58:18 -0400
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--- CSCL-2007 Workshop Announcement -- Please Post ---

At the 2007 Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning,  
July 16-21, Rutgers University

Technology Supporting Cognitive Skills for Ethics in Collaboration  
and Communication

- Position paper due April 8th; Registration due April 15th (see below)
- More info at:

The workshop will explore how technology can support ethical and  
moral skills and sensibilities in the context of collaborative work,  
knowledge building, decision making, and conflict resolution.  The  
purpose of the workshop is to provide a forum for researchers and  
practitioners in diverse areas that overlap on this theme to pool  
knowledge and brainstorm about research directions.

An important step in knowledge building or collaborative work is  
establishing mutual understanding, recognition, and regard among  
participants.  Doing so in a deep way is a considerable challenge in  
many situations, and involves a set of skills and habits that have  
ethical import.  These skills include: the metacognitive, self- 
reflective, and epistemological skills of examining one's own biases,  
limitations, emotional state, goals, etc.; cognitive empathy (or  
"mutual perspective taking");  "dialectical intelligence" (in  
considering uncertain or conflicting ideas); and the social and meta- 
dialogical skills of systematically reflecting on the quality of a  
communicative or collaborative interaction and searching for ways to  
improve it.

There are exciting potentials in online collaborative tools designed  
to support these and related communication and collaboration skills  
in the context of day-to-day work.  Prompts, templates, and other  
scaffolding devices can be embedded into discussion forums, email,  
decision support and workflow software, and other online tools.  Many  
threads of research are applicable to the overall theme of  
"collaborative technologies supporting cognitive skills for ethics,"  
but there have been almost no venues for bringing these  
interdisciplinary threads together.

Participants should submit position statements or R&D project  
summaries to Tom Murray <[log in to unmask]> by April 8th.   
Register at by April 15th.  More info on  
this workshop at

Tom Murray, EdD

Independent Consultant, Research, Knowledge Engineering, & Design for  
Cognitive Tools & Educational Technology

252 Chesterfield Road, Westhampton, MA 01027 (413) 529-2120

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