Computer Supported Collaborative Learning

My colleagues and I, Hui Soo Chae and Gary Natriello, have submitted a short paper to the Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) 2007 Conference. We hope to be accepted! I’ve posted our paper here for anyone who is interested in what we’re up to:

Using Social Network Analysis to Highlight an Emerging Online Community of Practice

Abstract: In this exploratory study, Cocciolo, Chae and Natriello investigate the extent to which the communicative processes exhibited within a large digital repository illustrate the emergence of an online community of practice (CoP). In order to make this claim, we present a method for identifying the emergence of an online CoP using Social Network Analysis (SNA) on communication data (i.e., uploads and downloads) and institutional role (i.e., expert/faculty vs. novice/student). The analysis reveals that the online repository provides opportunities for novices to perform the role of the expert knowledge facilitator. We posit that these conditions constitute a necessary element for the emergence of an online CoP.

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Officer McGruff returns

The last time I saw Officer McGruff, he was trying to convince my fifth grade class to avoid the perils of drug use. It looks like he has been re-appropriated for the 21st century, this time fighting cyber-crime. Hopefully he will be more effective on the war against online predators than the war against drugs šŸ™‚

Social Software meets Institutional Digital Repositories

pocket_iconI have been so busy the last few months I’ve realized that my blog is gathering dust. I haven’t even gotten around to removing the spam. Oh well. Anyways, I thought I would post the completion of big project that I have been working on for the last few months called PocketKnowledge. It is essentially the fusion of software used for institutional digital repositories (DSpace, etc.) with Social Software (Flickr,, etc.). We are currently running it is a beta-test at Teachers College, Columbia University. This will be an interesting case to see how Web 2.0 works within more institutional contexts. It has a lot of neat features, such as RSS readers and RSS outputs, user groups and commenting, and beaucoup user control. Check it out at