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You have direct access to the following members of the CSCL research community:

Gerry Stahl -- a senior researcher in the field
Nan Zhou -- a PhD candidate completing her dissertation on CSCL research
Murat Cakir -- a PhD candidate completing his dissertation on CSCL research
Erik Poole -- a PhD student beginning his study and apprenticeship in CSCL

If we do not know the answer, we can ask other researchers


Question 1

Any ideas as to how to view the reading (Week 1 PDF) as a group in the chat room? We attempted, but only got encryption(?) Keller 21:24, 3 April 2008 (EDT)
Good question! Actually the current whiteboard was originally a space for documents that could be pointed to. This is a variation of what is called embedded annotation in the CSCL literature.
You might want to consider this as functionality to be designed for supporting CSCL researchers -- for instance in their collaborative literature reviews. Gerry 20:39, 4 April 2008 (EDT)
Nice idea, Dr. Stahl. So, perhaps a group could consider the possibility of designing that specific function. The more I think about it, the more I like it. Thanks! Keller 00:12, 5 April 2008 (EDT)

Question 2

How do we remove an added tab in the chat room? Keller 21:29, 3 April 2008 (EDT)
There is no way Gerry 20:33, 4 April 2008 (EDT)
Boo! That makes it tough to see the tabs that we created that actually have functionality. Originally, the tabs we added didn't do what we needed them to do. Now, we've created tabs that actually help our collaborative efforts, but they are invisible unless the window is extended (thereby limiting other capabilities like the history scroll bar, unless the user constantly moves the window back and forth). Keller 23:25, 6 April 2008 (EDT)

Question 3

There doesn't seem to be a way to save chats. The only capability is to view the messages (I have resorted to screen captures, but that has limitations). Saving chats is a great way to provide accountability (transparency) in a collaborative process. Any ideas?

Keller 21:34, 3 April 2008 (EDT)

Question 3 Answer

Okay, I'll answer my own question.  :)

To copy text from previously posted messages:

1. Press and hold "Alt" key;

2. Select the text you would like to copy by clicking and dragging the left mouse button;

3. Release and use "Ctrl" + "C"

4. Use "Ctrl" + "V" to paste into the composing area or desired area such as a text box on the white board. --You can paste into a Word document and save (nice way to keep documentation of chat!!)

Keller 10:37, 4 April 2008 (EDT)

Yes, as the Help explains, you must hold down the ALT key when copying from the chat, because simple selecting of text is used by the referencing function.
I will be providing complete logs of the chats in the near future. Gerry 20:36, 4 April 2008 (EDT)
Excellent. I am keeping an ongoing log of the chats in our group's room. I have a feeling it will come in handy at some point or another. It is interesting to go back and read...it shows a definite evolution of problem-solving! Keller 00:17, 5 April 2008 (EDT)

Question 4

This might have been answered somewhere else. If so, I apologize. Some of the graduate students are not on Eastern time. Can the Monday @ midnight due date/time by Monday @ midnight local to the user? --JasonLee 17:37, 14 April 2008 (EDT)

If it does not specify the time zone in the Course Overview, then I will allow the deadline to be midnight for the time zone of any member of the group. So if your group has someone in Hawaii, you can stay up late Monday night. Gerry 17:10, 14 April 2008 (EDT)

Question 5

What do you think of our (Group H) concept? It's based off of the hyperlink concept discussed in class.

Adding a hyperlink system to aid students' understanding of pivotal terms in the conversation will hopefully lessen the knowledge gap between group members and ultimately solve some of the motivational issues CSCL has yet to tackle. Designing with users in mind by accounting for proper mapping, visibility, reversibility, and feedback aims to anticipate and counter user errors. The addition of hyperlinks into CSCL systems could potentially change the way students approach CSCL for the better; "Proper design," Norman suggests, "can make a difference in our quality of life," (Norman 1988). Whether the user is ace student Justin Patterson or a citizen of a third-world country that would in any other situation be unable to optimally support his or her education, a hyperlink CSCL system could redefine knowledge.

Question 6

(Group F), we are working on prototype interface and I just want to make sure we are on the right track. We decided to use a Facebook interface as a prototype tools for a social networking component. The effort is to try and create a means of CSCL community members to meet and have a central location for tools useful to them such as CV, stat tools, whiteboards, wiki's and be able to create custom apps in a central location. There are already groups in FB but the proposal is to set up a network on it as well. Would this be useful? --Javier 22:43, 12 May 2008 (EDT)

Question 7

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