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Sustaining Collaborative Knowledge Building: Continuity in Virtual Math Teams

By Johann W. Sarmiento-Klapper

Topic: This dissertation explores the ways that virtual teams overcome gaps in their sustained knowledge building by analyzing sequences of online, collaborative, problem-solving sessions held by virtual teams of secondary students who participated in Virtual Math Teams (VMT) online community at The Math Forum. In particular, we focused on two sources of discontinuity in the teams' collective work: The discontinuity of their discrete sequence of collaboration sessions and those emerging from the changes in group participation over time. Our analysis aimed at understanding how the teams "bridged" the apparent discontinuity of their collaborative interactions and exploring the role that such bridging activity played in their knowledge building over time.

Members of the dissertation committee: Gerry Stahl (chair), Susan Gasson, Robert Allen, Wesley Shumar, Steven Weimar

Defense date, time and place: Wednesday May 27th, 2009. 10:30 am to 12:00 pm RUSH 014 (basement)

The dissertation

[Latest version of the dissertation (PDF)]

The slides

The video

[video of Johann's presentation]

The podcast

[audio podcast to Johann's presentation]

The conference paper

Sarmiento, J., & Stahl, G. (2008). Extending the joint problem space: Time and sequence as essential features of knowledge building. Paper presented at the International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2008), Utrecht, Netherlands. Available at http://GerryStahl.net/pub/icls2008johann.pdf. Nominated for best student paper at ICLS 2008.

How Online Small Groups Co-construct Mathematical Artifacts to do Collaborative Problem Solving

By Murat Perit Cakir

Topic: This dissertation investigates how small groups co-construct mathematical artifacts in a virtual environment with multiple interaction spaces. More specifically, the study focuses on the development of interactional practices through which small groups of students coordinate their actions across multiple spaces as they collectively construct and reason with various forms of mathematical artifacts to investigate open-ended math problems online. Based on ethnomethodological case studies of excerpts obtained from online problem solving sessions the dissertation argues that the joint mathematical understanding of small groups develops through joint recognition of connections among different realizations of the mathematical artifacts group members bring in to bear with their shared task. In particular, representational and referential practices enacted by the users facilitate the coordinated use of multiple realizations of the math concepts relevant to the task at hand and their reification into shared mathematical object(s) for the group.

Members of the dissertation committee: Gerry Stahl (chair), Rosina Weber, Michael Khoo, Jason Silverman, Steve Weimar, Alan Zemel

Defense date, time and place: Wednesday May 27th, 2009. 14:00 to 15:30, RUSH 014 (basement)

The dissertation

[Latest version of the dissertation (PDF)]

The slides

[Slides (PDF)] [Backup slides (PDF)]

The video

[Video of Murat's presentation]

The podcast

[Audio podcast of Murat's presentation]

The journal article

«akır, M. P., Zemel, A., & Stahl, G. (2009). The joint organization of interaction within a multimodal CSCL medium. International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, 4(2), 115-149. Available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11412-009-9061-0 and at http://ijcscl.org/download.php?file=cakir_zemel_stahl_4_2.pdf&path=_preprints/volume4_issue2


Reinventing Mathematics Problem Design and Analysis of Chat Interactions in Quasi-Synchronous Chat Environments

By Juan Dee Wee

National Institute of Education
Nanyang Techological University, Singapore
June 2009

Integration Dualer Interaktionsršume: Die Verknüpfung von textbasierter synchroner Kommunikation mit diskreten Konstruktionswerkzeugen

The Integration of Dual-Interaction Spaces: The Connection of Text-Based Synchronous Communication with Graphical Construction Tools [in German]

By Martin Mühlpfordt

Fakultšt für Mathematik und Informatik
Fern Universitaet in Hagen, Germany
Dezember 2008


Student Adoption of a Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Mathematical Problem Solving Environment: The Case of The Math Forumís Virtual Math Teams (VMT) Chat Service

By Ilene R. Litz

School of Computer and Information Sciences
Nova Southeastern University
2007


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