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CSCL 2002


January 7-11, 2002
Omni Resort Hotel
Boulder, Colorado, USA

CSCL (Computer Support for Collaborative Learning) 2002 is an international conference to be held near Boulder, Colorado, USA, on January 7-11, 2002. CSCL 2002 will explore opportunities for computer and Internet technology to support collaborative forms of learning and teaching. The theme this year focuses on strengthening the foundations for the field of CSCL: theory, technology, evaluation and community building.

The CSCL conference is a major event that brings together people involved in all aspects of the field of CSCL, including research, education, training and technology. The conference will be highly interactive, with opportunities for people with different interests, backgrounds and specialties to learn, share and collaborate. There will be featured presentations, research papers with discussion, poster sessions, tutorials introducing special topics, workshops exploring specialties, demos of commercial and experimental technologies, a doctoral consortium and other interactive events.

For detailed and up-to-date information please visit the conference website (recommendation: bookmark the URL for future reference) at:


For specific questions about the conference that are not answered at the conference website, please contact: Shana Lourie at:

- June 1, 2001 Submissions due
- August 15, 2001 Authors of submissions notified
- Sept. 15, 2001 Revised versions of submissions due
- October 15, 2001 Student Volunteer applications due
- November 1, 2001 Deadline for early registration
- January 7-11, 2002 CSCL 2002 conference

Submissions on all topics within the field of CSCL are welcome. Special consideration will be given to submissions that address foundational issues of the field. All submissions will be rigorously peer reviewed. They must be submitted electronically, properly formatted and fit on 10 pages or less. Submissions that are accepted by the Program Committee will be published in the official conference proceedings and may be presented at the conference.

A variety of presentation formats will be available for accepted submissions. Traditional formal presentations (e.g., a talk with slides) will be grouped with related submissions and a discussant will lead interaction with the audience. There will also be poster sessions, where presenters can display their work and discuss it informally with viewers. Roundtables will allow a group of people who have read a paper to discuss it intensively with the author. In addition, submitters may propose tutorials, panels, workshops, demos, interactive events, asynchronous interactions or other innovative formats. Students may apply for the doctoral consortium, where they can discuss their Ph.D. dissertation topics with other students and faculty.

Special consideration will be given to high quality submissions that contribute to the foundations of CSCL including publication in a planned edited book, a journal special edition and featured presentations at the conference. Foundational submissions can, for instance, provide overviews of the field, critical comparisons of relevant theories, methodological proposals or visions of collaborative learning. The best of these may be presented as plenary talks. Submissions with a student first author are eligible for a best student paper cash prize.

Special procedures apply to submissions intended for tutorials, workshops, demos, interactive events and the doctoral consortium.

Detailed instructions will soon be provided at the conference website:

Submissions for formal talks, roundtable and poster are limited to 10 pages. All submissions must be properly formatted and submitted electronically through the conference website by June 1, 2001. They must be written in English and carefully edited.

Please see our website and discuss submission ideas with one of the Co-Chairs: Tamara Sumner,, or Paul Mulholland,

Workshops provide a valuable opportunity for researchers and practitioners to discuss and share ideas around innovative, timely, or controversial topics of relevance to the CSCL community. Proposals should discuss the purpose and organization of the workshop, emphasizing how the workshop will facilitate discussion and engagement amongst the participants. Initial workshop proposals should not exceed 3 pages.

Please see our website and discuss submission ideas with the Chair: Anders Morch,

Tutorials offer a limited number of participants the opportunity to learn about specific concepts, methods and techniques from any of the focal areas of theory, technology, evaluation and community building. We particularly invite tutorials that experiment with new forms of interaction between learners and teachers, such as employing innovative technologies, actively engaging the learners in design or evaluation, exploring distributed settings within the format of a conference, and pedagogical principles and theories that will help to strengthen CSCL community building.

Please see our website and discuss submission ideas with the Chair: Daniel Suthers,

Interactive events are intended to engage conference participants in exploring current issues of CSCL design, experiencing new technologies, and sharing methods for research and practice. Proposals are invited on any of the focal areas of theory, technology, evaluation and community building. Possible formats are limited only by proposers' imaginations, but should include a significant measure of participation by attendees.

Please see our website and discuss submission ideas with the Co-Chairs: Michael Eisenberg,, or Amy Bruckman,

The Doctoral Consortium provides an opportunity for Ph.D. students who have successfully completed their dissertation proposal in fields related to CSCL to share their work-in-progress with peers and faculty selected from across the field.

The conference will be held at the new Omni Conference Center outside of Boulder, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. There will be opportunities for informal discussions with colleagues from around the world, as well as hiking on nearby trails, shopping in the new Flatirons Crossing Mall, and dining and entertainment in Boulder and Denver. For skiers, snowboarders, and snowshoers, CSCL 2002 promises to be a great winter location! Arrangements can be made for ski passes and transportation to local resorts before and after the conference. For those who can't do without the Internet, you can stay connected through the Ethernet drops in each Omni guest room.

CSCL has been developing for several years and has entered a vibrant period of activity internationally. The acceptance of the Web and the recognition of the importance of distance education in various countries have made advances in CSCL particularly urgent. Broad concerns about the limitations of traditional educational approaches in an increasingly global and technological world underscore the need to realize the potentials of collaborative learning and computer support.

CSCL holds a number of promises:
- To develop a theoretical understanding of learning as a collaborative process that is socially and culturally situated.
- To develop technologies that mediate collaboration, that augment cognitive skill development, and that make knowledge and knowledge-building communities more broadly accessible.
- To develop ways of observing and assessing collaborative learning and knowledge building.
- To develop a community of researchers and practitioners working together to realize the promises of CSCL.

Important steps have been taken in each of these areas in the past several years, as reported at previous CSCL conferences. A variety of CSCL systems have been developed and numerous studies have been conducted of their use in classrooms. However, further progress is needed to provide a solid foundation for CSCL as a robust, effective research field. We need to start to coalesce and strengthen a set of coherent foundations -- without imposing a narrow approach or stifling the healthy interchange of conflicting interdisciplinary perspectives. The CSCL 2002 conference in Boulder will be a catalyst for this. As we propose, explore and evaluate new tools, studies and techniques, we will consider how these specifics contribute to the foundations of an educationally important research field.

CSCL 2002 is supported by the University of Colorado at Boulder:
- The Center for LifeLong Learning and Design (L3D)
- The Department of Computer Science
- The Institute of Cognitive Science
- The Coleman Institute, and by
- Microsoft Research

Conference Chair
- Gerhard Fischer
Program Chair
- Gerry Stahl
- Tim Koschmann
General Manager
- Donna Caccamise
International Relations Co-Chairs
- Masanori Sugimoto(Asia)
- Som Naidu (Australia/New Zealand)
- Kai Hakkarainen (Europe)
Workshops Co-Chairs
- Tammy Sumner
- Paul Mulholland
Tutorials Chair
- Anders Morch
Panels & Interactive Events Chair
- Dan Suthers
Doctoral Consortium Co-Chairs
- Mike Eisenberg
- Amy Bruckman
Student Community Co-Chairs
- Leysia Palen
- Rogerio de Paula
- Gabe Johnson
Student Paper Competition Chair
- Mark Dubin
Teacher Participation Chair
- Mary Lamon
Community Memory Co-Chairs
- Bruce Henderson
- Curtis LeBaron
- Reed Stevens
Publicity Co-Chairs
- Chris diGiano
- Marilyn Salzman
Industry Relations Chair
- Lorilee Sadler
Fund Raising Co-Chairs
- Hal Eden
- Shana Lourie

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