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International Journal of CSCL
Published by Springer, the first volume of IJCSCL appeared in 2006. IJCSCL is a multidisciplinary journal which publishes papers reflecting the interests of the international CSCL community.

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ISLS's CSCL Community

CSCL Community Governance
Recent CSCL Conferences
Related Conferences and Organizations

CSCL Community Governance
The CSCL Community consists of ISLS members who are particularly interested in issues related to Computer Support for Collaborative Learning. The CSCL Community is represented by the CSCL Committee comprising 12 members and chaired by two co-chairs, currently Carolyn Penstein Rose and Nikol Rummel. The members of the committee are elected by the members of the CSCL Community. Every two years six committee members (including one of the co-chairs) are elected for a four-year term. The CSCL Committee works to strengthen the international CSCL Community as part of ISLS, working with the ISLS board and the other committees on CSCL affairs, including the CSCL Conferences and the ijCSCL journal. The next election will be held in the fall of 2014.

Committee Members (2010-2014 term)
Nikol Rummel, Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany (Co-chair)
Dan Suthers, University of Hawaii, USA
Friedrich Hesse, KMRC, Tübingen, Germany
Gerry Stahl, Drexel University, USA
Nancy Law, University of Hong Kong, China
Paul Kirschner, OUNL, Heerlen, NL

Committee Members (2012-2016 term)
Carolyn Penstein Rose, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA(Co-chair)
Alyssa Wise, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
Kristine Lund, ICAR Research Lab, Lyon, France
Ingo Kollar, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munchen, Germany
Jan van Aalst, University of Hong Kong, China
Ulrike Cress, Knowledge Media Research Center, Tubingen, Germany

These committee members were elected June 2010 for a 2-year term. The next election will be held in Spring 2012.

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Recent CSCL conferences
CSCL 2015 — Gothenburg, Sweden
CSCL 2013 — Madison, WI, USA
CSCL 2011 — Hong Kong, China
CSCL 2009 — Rhodes, Greece
CSCL 2007 — New Brunswick, NJ, USA
CSCL 2005 — Taipei, Taiwan
CSCL 2003 — Bergen, Norway
CSCL 2002 — Boulder, CO, USA
EuroCSCL 2001 — Maastricht, Netherlands
CSCL 1999 — Stanford, CA, USA
CSCL 1997 — Toronto, Canada
CSCL 1995 — Bloomington, IN, USA
Workshop on CSCL 91 — Carbondale, IL, USA

Related conferences and organizations
International Society for the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS)
ACM Special Interest Group on Supporting Group Work (SIG GROUP) a virtual community started with the ITCOLE Project
European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI)

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A Steering Committee of the CSCL Community was formed on June 16, 2003, at the CSCL '03 conference in Bergen, Norway. 

The following Resolution of the CSCL Community was formulated and signed by participants at CSCL '03:

“A growing international, interdisciplinary CSCL community has been successful in organizing a series of well-attended and highly valued international conferences. To continue this and to further develop the core mission of this community, an organizational framework is necessary.

The attendants of the CSCL 2003 conference in Bergen, Norway, see a good way to do this under the organizational umbrella of the newly formed International Society for the Learning Sciences (ISLS). Condition for doing this is that the community keeps the responsibility for such core issues as:

    Organizing the CSCL conferences
    Working to found a new CSCL journal
    Financial arrangements

As a first step, an initial steering group should be established as a committee of ISLS to work on these points as well as other relevant organizational issues in good collaboration with the established bodies of ISLS."

This resolution was formulated at an open meeting of ISLS on Monday, June 16, 2003, in Bergen, Norway.

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