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SIGS and Working Groups


Computer Supported Inquiry Learning SIG

The Kaleidoscope Computer Supported Inquiry Learning SIG has evolved into an EARLI (European Association of Research in Learning and Instruction) SIG and continues to serve the purpose that it was created for. Specifically, it focuses on how information and communication technology can be used to design learning environments for effective inquiry learning. The design of effective inquiry learning environments involves the inquiry aspect (e.g., a computer simulation, or a modeling environment) and the necessary cognitive scaffolds. To achieve an adequate design, a deep understanding of the learning processes that comprise inquiry learning and the difficulties learners may experience is necessary.

The interests of the SIG include, but are not limited, to the following topics: collaborative inquiry learning, learning by modeling, scaffolding inquiry learning processes, assessment techniques for inquiry learning processes and their outcomes, and implementation of computer supported inquiry learning in the curriculum and the everyday classroom.

For more information on the SIG please contact the coordinators: Zacharias C. Zacharia (University of Cyprus, email: zach@ucy.ac.cy) and Margus Pedaste (University of Tartu, email: margus.pedaste@ut.ee).

Narrative and Learning Environments  (SIG NLE)

The Special Interest groups "Narrative and Learning Environments" (SIG NLE) was founded in 2004, at the beginning of the Kaleidoscope project, with the aim to deepen the understanding of how narrative can support and enhance learning, in particular in technology-mediated environments. This interest for this topic was rooted in the research outcomes of many theoretical and applicative studies highlighting how the use of stories and narrations can effectively support understanding and learning at all ages and in different subjects. The group has concentrated on developing an approach to analyse the educational impact of narrative learning environments (NLEs) and identifying the main elements that can be used to characterize and classify them. This led to spot meaningful core similarities of diverse environments, hence widening the range of possible realizations and providing the ground for a conceptual characterization of NLEs.

To carry out its activity, the SIG members collected and shared on the SIG website an amount of information on bibliographical resources, applications, conferences and related projects. The web site is still open to the public and periodically updated, hence providing a useful reference point on this topic. All people interested in the educational use of narrative are kindly invited to take part in the information and reflections sharing going on within this scientific community.

Contact information is available on the web site (http://nle.noe-kaleidoscope.org/).

Mobile Learning SIG

The Kaleidoscope Mobile Learning SIG has been superseded by the International Association for Mobile Learning (IAmLearn). IAmLearn  is a membership organization to promote excellence in research, development and application of mobile and contextual learning. It organizes the annual mLearn international conference series and manages a website (www.iamlearn.org) to collate and disseminate information about new projects, emerging technologies, and teaching resources. The website provides links to current research projects and mobile learning resources. Members are able to access contact details of other researchers in mobile learning and to obtain discounts for registration at mobile learning and TEL conferences.