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Common Objects for Productive
Multivocality in Analysis

Dan Suthers, University of Hawai‘i,  (primary contact)
Nancy Law, Hong Kong University,
Kristine Lund, CNRS, University of Lyon,
Carolyn Rose, Carnegie Mellon University,
Chris Teplovs, University of Toronto,

Workshop Objectives

This full day workshop is intended for anyone who is actively engaged in analysis of interaction relevant to CSCL concerns. The objective of the workshop is to work towards the interdisciplinary study of interaction analysis in CSCL. Presently CSCL encompasses diverse approaches to the study of how technology-mediated interaction leads to learning: it is multi-vocal. Multivocality is a strength, but only if the “voices” share sufficient objects to reach some degree of coherence in the discourse of the field. This workshop will continue the work of the ICLS 2008 workshop, “A Common Framework for CSCL Interaction Analysis.” At that workshop we explored the diversity and commonality of the field on four dimensions: the purpose of analysis, the units of interaction that are taken as basic in the analysis, representations of data and analytic interpretations, and analytic manipulations taken on those representations. The present workshop will add one more dimension: theoretical assumptions underlying the analysis. It will focus on identifying potential common objects for productive multivocality at these five levels. It will also identify differences, and whether these differences are complementary (potential sources of richer understanding) or incompatible (potential barriers to a common discipline). The workshop will take a data-driven approach, focusing the discussion on several corpora and sample analyses to ground discussion.

Workshop Format

In advance of the workshop, sample corpora and analyses will be identified (details are provided below). The workshop itself will be divided into four portions demarcated by coffee breaks and lunch.
Introductions of workshop participants, an introduction to workshop objectives and format, and (time permitting) a preview of the data to be considered.
First case study (after coffee). (a) The Data Presenter will present the data corpus. (b) Each Analyst (two or more, possibly including the Data Presenter) will present an analysis of the data, including explicit summaries of their theoretical assumptions, purpose of analysis, unit of interaction, analytic representations, and analytic moves.  (c) The Discussant will compare and contrast the presented analyses in terms of the five dimensions just listed, open the case up for discussion and draw conclusions concerning what common objects in each of these levels may enable productive multivocal dialogue in CSCL.
Second case study (after lunch), as above.
Discussion and conclusions: Identify potential “common objects” of interaction analysis in CSCL and how they may be leveraged to make the multivocality of the field productive. Identify also any irreconcilable differences we should be aware of. Make recommendations concerning post-workshop activities and practices that will improve the development of a discipline of interaction analysis (including possibly report writing by workshop participants, recommendations to ijCSCL and other journals, possible collaborations, future events etc.).

Submission Procedures

All workshop participants must have prior experience analyzing interaction as a means of learning, and all will be expected to participate in the discussion. (We will admit participants who are new to interaction analysis only if space is available. Payment of a workshop fee is not sufficient to guarantee admission.) In advance of the workshop, we will (1) identify workshop participants, (2) solicit data corpora and select Data Presenters for two data corpora for analysis; (3) assign some participants to be Analysts and Discussants; and (4) require that the Data Presenters and Analysts analyze their assigned corpus in advance of the workshop. Two sets of data corpora will be selected to reflect different pedagogical contexts inspired by different theoretical underpinnings, and data presenters, analysts and discussants for each corpus will also be selected from multiple research traditions. Participation requirements differ for each category of participation:
Basic Participation: All researchers who wish to participate should submit up to two pages summarizing their relevant prior experience, their objectives in participating in this workshop, and a bibliography of relevant publications.
Analyst/Discussant: Researchers who wish to be selected as analyst or discussant should meet the requirements for basic participation, and append one to two pages characterizing the analytic work they typically undertake in terms of: (1) theoretical assumptions; (2) purpose of analysis; (3) units of interaction (4) notations for data and interpretations; and (5) analytic manipulations.
Data Presenter: Researchers who wish to offer a data corpus should meet the requirements for Analyst/Discussant, and submit an additional document summarizing the nature of the corpus and making the case that this data will serve the objectives of the workshop. Data presenters may also serve as analysts or discussants.

Submissions for participation should be emailed to all of the workshop organizers by April 6, 2009.

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Workshop Date: Monday, June 8th, 2009