LESSONS LEARNED USING TECHNOLOGY TO SUPPORT COLLABORATIVE LEARNING OF PROFESSIONAL SKILLS
Lesgold, A.M., University of Pittsburgh, USA
During a multiyear project to improve large urban school systems, we have made heavy use of interactive multimedia presentations. These presentations include "e-books" meant to convey specific ideas, but the more important component is a library of cases. For each case, a video of a classroom activity is included, along with a variety of tools, such as rubrics for evaluating the classroom activity from many different viewpoints. While the activity of discussing such cases and applying various rubrics has been very powerful in direct, in-person seminars, we have found that in order to move the same approach to asynchronous web- based activity over networks, it is necessary to provide tools that make it very easy for local trainers to embed opportunities for annotation and discussion into the pre-existing materials to reflect local experiences. We also have begun to explore ways of using computational schemes to recognize effective and ineffective web- based discussions.