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CIC co-chairs Collaboration Analytics workshop

The International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) is the premier research conference in the field of Collaborative Learning from a Learning Sciences perspective. This is a bi-annual event that brings together computer scientists, learning scientists, education expets and practitioners to present cutting edge work applied to understanding and supporting the very complex phenomena of collaboration. This year, CSCL was held in Lyon, France from 17 to 21st of June, 2019. 

CIC Educational Data Scientist & Research Fellow Dr. Roberto Martinez-Maldonado co-chaired the International Workshop on Collaboration Analytics: Making Learning Visible in Collaborative Settings as part of the International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning. This was co-organised with CIC’s key collaborators: Marcelo Worsley from Northwestern University, Bertrand Schneider from Harvard University, and Ahmed Kharrufa from Newcastle University (UK).  

Roberto and colleagues used the term collaboration analytics to refer to methods for collecting and analysing multiple sources of evidence from collaborative settings with the purpose of i) generating a deeper understanding of collaboration and learning; or ii) supporting learning and the development of collaboration skills by making key traces of activity visible to learners and their instructors or available to computational analysis.

This half-day workshop brought together researchers and practitioners from different disciplines to discuss the breadth and depth of the emerging concept of collaboration analytics. The goal was to build upon the promising sensing technologies, collaborative tools and emerging data analytics techniques to address the need for tools that provide automated assessment and feedback on group activities. Leading researcher Prof. Alyssa Wise keynoted on current challenges at the intersection of CSCL and Learning Analytics:


Roberto also presented work from our successful, ongoing collaboration between CIC and UTS Health researchers Carmen Axisa, Tamara Power and Prof. Doug Elliot. In this paper, a five-step elicitation process to co-design for the effective use of CSCL systems is proposed. A longer version of this paper has been submitted to a Q1, high impact journal and is currently under review.

Martinez-Maldonado, R., Echeverria, V., Elliott, D., Axisa, C., Power, T. and Buckingham Shum, S. (2019) Making the Design of CSCL Analytics Interfaces a Co-design Process: the Case of Multimodal Teamwork in Healthcare. International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2019, 859-860.