4SPPIces: a case study of factors in a scripted collaborative-learning blended course across spatial locations

The paper by Mar Pérez-Sanagustín, Patricia Santos, Davinia Hernández-Leo and Josep Blat, 4SPPIces: a case study of factors in a scripted collaborative-learning blended course across spatial locations, has been accepted for publication at the International Journal of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning Journal (http://ijcscl.org/). The paper presents a conceptual model that defines four factors to be considered when addressing the desing of Computer Supported Collaborative Blended Learning (CSCBL) Scripts and of the technological systems for supporting their enactment. The four factors are: the space, the pedagogical method, the participants and the history (what we called the 4SPPIces factors). This paper presents a CSCBL script called Discovering Barcelona that was designed according to the 4SPPIces factors and evaluated at the High School IES Duc de Montblanc (http://www.ducdemontblanc.cat/) (Rubí, Spain).

The research described in this paper has been partially funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation in the Learn3 project (http://gti.upf.edu/learn3/) (TIN2008-05163/TSI). Also, all these work was possible thank to the enthusiastic and motivated practitioners from the IES Duc de Montblanc Pilar Sanagustín Viu, Francesc Santolaria and Tònia Boqué.

 

Here you have the he abstract of the paper:

Computer-Supported Collaborative Blended Learning (CSCBL) scripts are complex learning situations in which formal and informal activities happening in different spatial locations are coordinated and integrated into one unique learning setting through the use of technology. We define a conceptual model identifying four factors to be considered when addressing the design of these CSCBL scripts and of the technological system for supporting their enactment: the space, the pedagogical method, the participants and the history (4SPPIces factors). This paper presents and evaluates a CSCBL script designed according to the 4SPPIces factors. The script is proposed for extending the learning of geographic fieldwork in a geography course at a high school. In this script, students reflect about the urbanism and the socio-geographic characteristics of a Barcelona neighborhood. The script blends individual and collaborative activities supported by mobile and computer-based technologies conducted in the classroom, home and city. The script is evaluated in a case study involving 34 students and two teachers. The case study reports: (1) the CSCBL script designed with the teachers, considering the 4SPPIces factors and the associated technological environment and (2) the results of enacting the script in the actual learning context and analyzing whether it fulfils the targeted learning objectives. The results from this case study show the impact of considering the 4SPPIces factors to enhance a real practice providing new learning and motivational benefits. The CSCBL script presented is an example that can encourage other practitioners and researchers to adopt the 4SPPices factors in similar educational situations.

Citation:

Pérez-Sanagustín M.; Santos P.; Hernández-Leo D.; Blat J.; 4SPPIces: A case study of factors in a scripted collaborative-learning blended course across spatial locations. International Journal of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, (In press, 10.1007/s11412-011-9139-3).