Roles, design, and the nature of CSCL

Christopher Hoadley

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In this article, I argue that roles are a key construct for CSCL that demonstrate the interdisciplinary strengths of CSCL as a field. CSCL is a problem-driven field with a history of incorporating different paradigms, and has the advantage of using a design stance to understand phenomena like collaboration and learning that are difficult to study. Roles are understood differently by different disciplines, but the concept of roles serves as a boundary object between the different disciplines within CSCL and highlights potential areas for research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)551-555
Number of pages5
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2010


  • CSCL
  • Design-based research methods
  • Roles
  • Scripting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • General Psychology


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