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A Vision of CSCL Support for the CSCL Research Community

Summary Maker

This is something I would like to see. I find it difficult to summarize the discussion to members coming into the discussion at a later time. I would like to see it integrated better into the application as opposed to relying on an outside tool (e.g. wiki). Ideally, text could be transferred from the chat window to the summary maker by highlighting, or clicking/dragging. This feature would remove the need to retype the content, which often results in incomplete summaries.Erik 23:34, 7 May 2008 (EDT)Erik


A calendar for the CSCL community has to be defined differently than the traditional definition:

Pronunciation: \ˈka-lən-dər\ Function: noun Etymology: Middle English calender, from Anglo-French or Medieval Latin; Anglo-French kalender, from Medieval Latin kalendarium, from Latin, moneylender's account book, from kalendae calends Date: 13th century

  • a system for fixing the beginning, length, and divisions of the civil year and arranging days and longer divisions of time (as weeks and months) in a definite order — see month table
  • a tabular register of days according to a system usually covering one year and referring the days of each month to the days of the week

Source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary

The hyperdictionary's definition would be a more accurate definition:

  • a list or register of events (appointments or social events or court cases etc); "I have you on my calendar for next Monday"
  • a tabular array of the days (usually for one year)
  • a system of timekeeping that defines the beginning and length and divisions of the year
  • enter into a calendar

The CSCL community could benefit from a calendar to quickly begin the type of group collaboration for effective group cognition development. There is some evidence that early group input is critical to success.

The VMT forum based on Mediawiki could have a calendar interface set up for it using the necessary extensions. Perhaps a calendar such as the semantic calendar used by Discourse DB, http://discoursedb.org/wiki/Opinion_item_calendar, would facilitate scheduling and interactions.


http://www.hyperdictionary.com/search.aspx?define=calendar, Retrieved May 31, 2008.

Kapur, M, Voiklis, J, Kinzer, C.K.(2008), Sensitivities to early exchange in synchronous computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) groups, Computers & Education, 51: 54-66, 2008.

http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Calendar, Retrieved May 31, 2008.

http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Semantic_Calendar, Retrieved May 31, 2008.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calendar, Retrieved May 31, 2008.--Javier 23:39, 31 May 2008 (EDT)

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Blog aggregator and RSS feeds

What are RSS feeds?

RSS stands for really simple syndication. It refers to the web feed formats that can be used to publish frequently updated web resources. It can contain a summary of the source or the source's full text. The main benefit of RSS is that multiple web sources can all be published in one place. Software known as an aggregator or reader checks the user's feeds for new content and it provides an interface to read all of the source feeds.

Check out the Wikipedia article for more details [1]

Shwestley 20:40, 26 May 2008 (EDT)

Articles for researching RSS feeds

Cold, S. J. Using really simple syndication (RSS) to enhance student research. In ACM SIGITE Newsletter, Vol. 3, No.1, January 2006, 6-9. Shwestley 20:44, 26 May 2008 (EDT)

Miller, Ron (2004). Can RSS relieve information overload?. EContent, 27(3), 20- 25. Shwestley 20:48, 26 May 2008 (EDT)

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