Call for participation in workshop: Robotics for CSCL


  • Naomi MIYAKE, University of Tokyo
  • Hiroshi ISHIGURO, Osaka University
  • Takayuki KANDA, ATR Japan
  • Hajime SHIROUZU, Chukyo University

Automated as well as remotely controlled robots have a high potential to expand our research and practice design of CSCL in some fundamental ways.  Having a robot participate in collaborative learning settings, we could control some part of the collaborative activities to better understand the basic mechanisms of collaborative learning, and to grasp and to implement basic design principles of group activities. Robots can also help us understand functions of reflection better, for example by providing learners with precise replay of past learning experiences upon requests, which has not been possible by humans.

One of our motivational factors to go into this direction is the need for us to better equip ourselves with stronger sets of evidence of the power of collaborative, learner-centered orientation in education, to work effectively with policy-makers.

In this workshop, we plan to gather both robotics-oriented learning researchers as well as learning science researchers including policy-makers who are seeking new ways to do research and practice.  After some demonstrations of robots' capabilities and preliminary results taken from real classroom collaborative leanings with robots, we structure the workshop into intense discussion on exploring robots' potentials for future research and practice.  We also wish to look into international collaboration possibilities of robotics in CSCL.


This will be a one day workshop. It will include framing presentations by invited speakers as well as additional presentations selected from submissions we receive, and small group and full group discussion of relevant topics.

We plan to spend the morning to share and review our preliminary research and explore possibilities of using robots to enhance CSCL research and practice. 

  1. Possibilities of using robots in theoretical research.
  2. Possibilities of implementing robots as collaborators in real classrooms.
  3. Explorations of international research collaboration.

In the afternoon we plan to identify research topics and agendas for possibly research methods, to be discussed in small groups in the birds of feather fashion.  Toward the latter part of the afternoon, we will share outcomes of small group discussion, which would lead into full group discussion.

Participation procedure

If you are interested in participating, please contact Naomi Miyake at .
People who have not done learning research using robots, or those who has experience of using agent-robots, are also welcome.  Please come with innovative, new ideas to help promote the basic research in learning sciences.

Last modified on March 24, 2011