the sharing of ideas, another tool from our research group may be employed to facilitate the cross- classroom discussion.
Another focus will be to determine how JavaCAP can better facilitate reflection and iteration. The authoring portion of JavaCAP is designed to be completed at the conclusion of the design process, to prompt the students to take another look at what they have learned and accomplished within their group. But we see JavaCAP playing an important reflective role throughout the students' design and problem-solving processes. The task of writing a case would be easier on the students if it was a piecemeal, iterative process, rather than a colossal task at the end of a project. Further, the solution and "It's a Wrap" scenes could be more reflective. It is important for students to remember and record their design process, including wrong-turns and other realistic elements that might not appear in a statement of a final, clean solution. We need to find a way to encourage that.
One path to a greater role for the JavaCAP software is to continue our process of integration between JavaCAP and other collaborative tools being developed by the EduTech Institute ( Mark Guzdial et al, 1997). For example, JavaCAP has many elements that would dovetail nicely with the design diaries that we have been developing, and use of JavaCAP could be easily scaffolded through use of the Planning tool in SMILE.
In summary, JavaCAP is playing an important role in encouraging student reflection through collaborative case authoring. The task of case authoring is challenging for students, as are many learning activities. Our hope is to improve integration and guidance (through scaffolding) to ease the complexity and improve the learning benefits of the task.
The research reported here was supported by the Woodruff Foundation, the ARPA CAETI Program under contract N66001-95-C-8608, and the McDonnell Foundation.
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