Flexible CSCL orchestration technology: mechanisms for elasticity and dynamism in pyramid script flows

Flexible CSCL orchestration technology: mechanisms for elasticity and dynamism in pyramid script flows

Kalpani M, Hernández Leo D. Flexible CSCL orchestration technology: mechanisms for elasticity and dynamism in pyramid script flows. 13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL)

Flow patterns (e.g., Pyramid or Snowball) formulate good practices to script collaborative learning scenarios, which have been experimented in small-scale settings widely. Applying flow patterns on large-scale contexts present challenges to educators in terms of orchestration load. Orchestration technology can support educators to manage collaborative activities; yet existing technology do not address flexibility challenges like accommodating growing numbers of students or tolerating dynamic conditions in learning settings. We define elasticity and dynamism as two key elements in the flexibility of a script. Elasticity is related to the capacity of an orchestration technology to incorporate varying participant counts. Dynamism is the capacity to maintain a pedagogically meaningful script progression in presence of different individual behaviors. In this paper we propose flow creation and flow control mechanisms to address elasticity and dynamism in orchestration technology for Pyramid flows. These mechanisms, implemented in the PyramidApp tool, have been evaluated across four scenarios varying from small to large settings. The results show that rules enabling pyramid creation on-demand and the use of timers are useful to achieve elasticity and dynamism in the pyramid formation and progression in an automatic manner.

http://hdl.handle.net/10230/37184