Mar Pérez-Sanagustín PhD Thesis Defense

The last 1st of July, Mar Pérez Sanagustín, a member of the Technology-Enhanced Learning section of the GTI, presented her PhD Thesis entitled “Orchestration of collaborative blended learning scripts: a model, computational mechanisms and experiments”. It has been co-directed by Davinia Hernández-Leo and Josep Blat.

Her work is framed in the research domain of Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL), and more specifically of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL), in which Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are applied to mediate and enact social interactions leading to fruitful learning. In particular, the activities and results of her thesis contribute to face the challenges associated with the design and enactment of scripted collaborative blended learning situations (structured sequences of combined formal and informal activities occurring across different spatial locations and supported by a variety of technologies).
A total of 12 publications have been derived from this PhD work: 5 journal papers (3 of them are ISI-JCR indexed, 2 of them conditionally accepted with changes), 1 book chapter and 6 conference papers.
The full thesis will be published soon in the TDX website. However, if you are interested, have a look at the final presentation and the abstract of the thesis.
The abstract of the thesis:
Portable and interactive technologies are changing the nature of collaborative learning practices. Learning can now occur both in and beyond the classroom and furthermore combine formal and informal activities monitored and orchestrated across spatial locations. This rises to a new type of orchestrated learning that we term Computer Supported Collaborative Blended Learning (CSCBL) scripts. This thesis investigates the challenges associated with the design of CSCBL scripts and with the technologies responsible for their enactment. Three contributions are presented. First, a conceptual model that combines 4 factors to be considered in the design of CSCBL scripts. Second, technological solutions operationalizing the aforementioned factors are proposed and evaluated through synthetic experiences. And third, four CSCBL experiments using 4SPPIces. These experiments are analyzed into two interrelated multicase case studies, whose cross-analyzed results provide an evaluation of the model, of the operationalization solutions supporting the enactment of the involved CSCBL scripts and of the educational value of the experiences themselves.