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Project CL-NET - (Computer-supported) Collaborative Learning Networks
Overview The central objective of this project was to investigate the cognitive and didactical aspects of computer-supported Collaborative Learning Networks (CLNs). Schools in different countries participated, including students and teachers working with different kinds of software. A major aim of the project was to conduct a basic descriptive analysis of the individual differences in motivation within and between the participating countries. Didactical models, design principles and learning scenario’s for the use of CLNs in schools were developed.

"Three kinds of methods were used.

  1. Protocols of communications between students and between students and teachers have been saved. Students’ productions have been analysed in terms of the number and kinds of communications taking place. Moreover, qualitative aspects were studied (what kind of inputs were students giving; which thinking types were used; how relevant were communications; how much knowledge building was taking place). Case studies and small-scale, informal comparative experiments were conducted. 
  2. Tests that measure the cognitive, metacognitive, and motivational effects of CLN’s have been used and further developed. 
  3. Small questionnaires and interviews with teachers and students were used to find out which tools, support structures and manuals function the best and what changes were needed in the materials developed." 
(Simons, 1999, pp. 1, 4f., 9f., 13, 14)
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