Computer Supported Collaborative Learning Research Synthesis


1. Constructing a conceptual and analytical framework that provides dimensions for comparison across Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) studies.

2. Describing and synthesizing research findings of CSCL studies in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

For this project, we are reviewing CSCL literature from 2005-2014 in order to examine methodological practices in empirical CSCL research related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. We will conduct a meta-analysis to uncover possible strengths and weaknesses of different CSCL methodologies as well as possible blind spots in research practices.  Also we would like to investigate how theoretical framework, technology, and pedagogy might influence each other.  


Jeong, H. & Hmelo-Silver, C. E. (in press). Seven Affordances of CSCL Technology: How can technology support collaborative learning. Educational Psychologist.

Jeong, H., Hmelo-Silver, C. E., Yu, Y. (2014). An examination of CSCL methodological practices and the influence of theoretical frameworks 2005–2009. iJCSCL, 9, 305-344.

Jeong, H. Hmelo-Silver, C. E., Jo, K. & Shin, M. (2016). CSCL in STEM education: Preliminary findings from a meta-analysis. In Proceedings 49th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. (pp. 11-20). Piscataway, NJ. IEEE Computer Society Press.

Jeong, H. & Hmelo-Silver, C. E. (2015). Research questions and research methods in CSCL research. In O. Lindwall, P. Hakkinen, T. Koschmann, P. Tchounikine, and S. Ludvigsen (Eds.), Exploring the Materials Conditions of Learning: Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2015 (pp. 316-322). Gothenburg, Sweden. International Society of the Learning Sciences.


Project Team

Cindy E. Hmelo-Silver, Indiana University (PI)

Heisawn Jeong, Hallym University (Co-PI)

Roosevelt T. Faulkner, Indiana University

Kylie Hartley, Indiana University

Navo Emmanuel, Indiana University