Call for Participation:
CONNECTING LEVELS OF LEARNING IN NETWORKED COMMUNITIES
A workshop held in conjunction with the 9th International
Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning
July 4-8, 2011, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
(Workshop to be held Tuesday July 5th)
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). Examples of relevant
research questions include:
* How does learning takes place through the interplay between
individual and collective agency?
* How are local phenomena (individual and small group activity)
aggregated (e.g., via stigmergy) to lead to emergent phenomena that
create resources, contexts, or value that are then available for
individual and small group learning?
* How are advances in community knowledge (knowledge building)
driven by local activity?
The workshop will examine theoretical and methodological approaches
to these questions in conjunction with each other, for example:
* Do the different levels of analysis need different theories that
then must be articulated with each other?
* Are there theoretical perspectives that themselves bridge the
levels of analysis?
* How can (for example) sequential analysis of interaction, content
analysis and social network analysis be coordinated to address
* How can we use aggregate levels of analysis to figure out where
to "dive in" for local analysis, for example to make sense of
results at the aggregate community level, or to find local sources
* What practical techniques such as different forms of
triangulation or visualization techniques help connect the
different levels of analysis?
FORMAT AND ROLES
This will be a one day workshop. It will include framing
presentations by organizers and, according to the submissions we
receive, analyses of shared data corpora by several analysts, and
small group and full group discussion of related topics. Potential
participants may request one of the following roles:
Data Presenter/Analysts: Researchers who have a corpus that
potentially illustrates learning phenomena at multiple levels and
can make it available to other workshop participants in advance.
They will summarize the data (setting, how collected, etc.) and
present their own multi-level analysis.
Analyst: Researchers who have approaches to analyzing learning at
multiple levels who will be given access to the data and conduct
their own analyses for presentation in the workshop.
Discussant: Researchers who have theoretical and/or methodological
orientations that might inform the question of connecting levels of
analysis, and are asked to comment on what we learn from the above
Concept Presenters: Participants who are not prepared or not
selected to play the above roles but who have some concept at
theoretical or methodological levels that organizers judge to be of
potential value. They may be asked to give brief presentations.
Basic Participants: Persons with an interest in the topic but who
are not prepared or not selected to play the above roles. They will
be welcome to participate in all open discussion.
APPLYING FOR PARTICIPATION
All interested researchers should submit up to two pages
summarizing their relevant prior experience, their objectives in
participating in this workshop, and a bibliography of relevant
publications or an URL providing further information on the
researcher's work. The abstract should indicate which of the types
of participation discussed above is requested: Data
presenter/analyst, Analyst, Discussant, brief Concept presentation,
or Basic participation. Those who propose Concept Presentations
should submit one additional page on a concept that can be
presented in 5-10 minutes. Researchers who wish to be selected as
Analyst or Discussant should submit up to two pages characterizing
their theoretical and/or methodological approach to connecting
levels of learning. Potential Data Presenters should meet the
requirement for Analyst and also submit up to two pages summarizing
the nature of the corpus and making the case that this data will
serve the objectives of the workshop. Data Presenters are
encouraged to contact organizers in advance to discuss the corpus.
Send applications (PDF preferred, but other common document formats
are acceptable) to Dan Suthers [log in to unmask] and Chris Teplovs
[log in to unmask] Submit by February 21, 2011 for priority
consideration. (Late applications will be considered on a
space-available basis.) Acceptance decisions will be sent out by
March 15, 2011. Data Presenters will be expected to provide data to
Analysts by April 15, 2011.
Daniel D. Suthers
Dept. of Information and Computer Sciences
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
1680 East West Road, POST 309
Honolulu, HI 96822 USA
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Chair, Communication and Information Sciences PhD Program
Professor, Department of Information and Computer Sciences
Laboratory for Interactive Learning Technologies
Assoc. Editor, Int. J. Computer Supported Collaborative Learning
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