COIL is proud to have supported the Developing an Interactive Cognitive Support System to Guide and Improve Collective Thinking Processes for Online Collaborative Teams project through our Research Initiation Grant Program.
This project will investigate the initial requirements to develop an Interactive Collaborative Cognitive Support System (ICSS) that facilitates the development of collective thinking skills. In order to prototype possible forms of cognitive support and interaction, we will conduct an intervention using an emerging learning technology called CoLearnr and collaborate with the developer of CoLearnr to establish scalable tools to that support online collaborative-teams.
Intellectual Merit: The proposed work would make valuable contributions to learning theory by addressing one of the most challenging areas of online instruction, collaborative reasoning. It would also extend what is known about the assessment of collective metacognitive regulation and lead to the development of new models for development of collaborative reasoning.
Broader impacts: The models and tools produced by this project would be a huge asset to online instructors and students. By working with the CEO of a multiplatform learning technology, the team can take findings and immediately put them towards the development of transformative online tools that scale. The PI’s will also publish papers in well-known education and information sciences journals and conferences in order to put forth models and frameworks for the support and development of collaborative leadership and communication processes for online students.