Synthesizing Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Research in STEM Education

The goal of this project is to identify under what circumstances CSCL is effective and for whom. As part of this effort, the project is reviewing CSCL literature from 2005-2014 in order to examine methodological practices in empirical CSCL research related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Through conducting a meta-analysis and meta-synthesis to uncover possible strengths and weaknesses of different CSCL environments by considering the interactions between technologies, pedagogies and approaches to collaboration along with developing a theoretical framework for considering the affordances of CSCL to support learning. In addition, we have examined CSCL research methodologies as well as possible blind spots in research practices.


Project Team

Cindy E. Hmelo-Silver, Indiana University (PI)

Heisawn Jeong, Hallym University (Co-PI)

Roosevelt T. Faulkner, Indiana University

Kylie Hartley, Indiana University

Navo Emmanuel, Indiana University