Computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) is an interdisciplinary research field that includes a branch of the learning sciences and educational technology research concerned with studying how people can learn together with the help of computers. Research in CSCL focuses on learning as a cognitive and/or social process and studies learning designs, learning processes, and pedagogic practices that support technology-mediated coordination, communication, and collaborative processes in communities of practice. In a CSCL environment, people can either learn together at the same place or interact with one another at a distance with the use of computers. They may be working at the same time (synchronously) or at different times (asynchronously).

CSCL environments are complex systems that involve an interaction among individual and group cognition, technology, and larger disciplinary and ...

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