Many researchers argue that students must be meaningfully engaged in the learning resources for effective learning to occur. However, current online learners still report a problematic lack of attractive and challenging learning resources that engage them in the learning process. This endemic problem is even more evident in online collaborative learning (CSCL) approaches whose resources lack of authentic interactivity, user empowerment, social identity and challenge, thus having a negative effect on learners’ self-motivation and engagement.
This talk will address some specific methodologies to overcome these and other limitations found in CSCL, based on both highly interactive systems and innovative learning strategies, such as learning analytics, gamification and emotional awareness. Further, the knowledge extracted from the collaborative interaction is used to assess participation behaviour, knowledge building and performance in order to provide effective feedback and evaluation of the collaborative process. Experiences gained from applying these methodologies to real contexts of CSCL will be shown and discussed.
Dr. Santi Caballe is an Associate Professor and Researcher as well as an Accredited Full Professor at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), Barcelona, Spain. He is affiliated with the Faculty of Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications of the UOC, where he teaches on-line courses in the area of Software Engineering and conducts research activity on e-Learning, Distributed Computing and Software Engineering.