COLLAGE: A collaborative Learning Design editor based on patterns
Kaleidoscope members Davinia Hernández-Leo, Eloy D. Villasclaras-Fernández, Juan I. Asensio-Pérez, Yannis Dimitriadis, Iván M. Jorrín-Abellán, Inés Ruiz-Requies and Bartolomé Rubia-Avi of the University of Valladolid (Spain) have published a paper in the Journal of Educational Technology & Society introducing Collage, a high-level authoring tool specialized for Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL).
CSCL is a key trend in e-learning since it highlights the importance of
social interactions as an essential element of learning. CSCL is an
interdisciplinary domain, which demands participatory design techniques
that allow teachers to get directly involved in design activities.
Developing CSCL designs using the Learning Design specification is a
difficult task for teachers since it is a complex technical
specification, and modelling collaborative characteristics can be
Collage helps teachers in the process of creating their own potentially
effective collaborative Learning Designs by reusing and customizing
patterns, according to the requirements of a particular learning
situation. These patterns, called Collaborative Learning Flow Patterns,
represent best practices that are repetitively used by practitioners
when structuring the flow of (collaborative) learning activities. An
example of a Learning Design that can be created using Collage is
illustrated in the paper. Preliminary evaluation results show that
teachers with experience in collaborative learning, but without
Learning Design knowledge, can successfully design real collaborative
learning experiences using Collage.
Find out more and download a copy of the paper - part of a special issue devoted to current research in Learning Design - here .