Teresa Inés Cerratto, Ph D







My area of research is human computer interaction, especially computer support for collaborative activities. In my doctoral dissertation ( the introduction, discussion and conclusion are available in French). I have studied, through empirical studies, the impact of a commercial collaborative application on : goal oriented communication, construction of  the writing space and  rhythms of writers, elaborating a common text in small groups. From an instrumental perspective (Rabardel, 1995), the analysis of the impact on these dimensions, demonstrates that a collaborative tool is not collaborative in itself, but it becomes collaborative when users use and attribute collaborative functions to the tool. My focus is on the evaluation of collaborative tools through real usage and then through instrumental development.  At IPLab I currently investigate human communication processes within distributed formal meetings supported by synchronous computer systems and the problem of supporting a developmental process such as writing when learning Swedish as a second language.

Work and research projects

I have been working for the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) in Lyon, France, with an interdisciplinary team interested in computer mediated learning activities. I was involved in different European and North American projects concerning the integration of technologies in educational settings (1993-1996). In particular, I was investigating and evaluating supports for the navigation on the web (1997-1999). Also, I was working on the problem of index and retrieval information on shared database, for France Telecom (1997).

At the present I’m responsible for the project “The use of language tools for writers in the context of learning Swedish as a second language” funded by The Swedish Research Council –Vetenskapsrådet. A new version of the research application is available here.

I collaborate with Ann Lantz in the project “Formal meetings on distancefunded by VINNOVA.

Other activities

I organize the IPLab seminars together with Kerstin Severinson-Eklundh and Anna Stockhaus. Last spring 2002, together with CID, I organized the series of seminars in  Learning and Information technology : pedagogics, politics and society.

I am editor in chief of the Spanish version of the International Journal : In Cognito “Cuadernos romances en Ciencias Cognitivas”


·        Social aspects of cooperative technologies, a CSCW course at NADA

·        Theoretical perspectives in HCI at the HMI Graduate School



I was born in Buenos Aires Argentine. My mother tongue is Spanish. I also speak French, English and Swedish.

Tessy’s publications




Rodríguez, H.; Arango-Alegría, D.;Cerrato-Pargman, T. (2003). Control de lecturas en la Web: una nueva aplicación pedagógica? In proceeding of the 8th International Symposium on Social Communication, Santiago De Cuba, Cuba, 20-24 January (Actas II), p.1255-1261, ISBN 959-7174-02-2.



Cerratto Pargman, T. and A. Lantz (2002). The role of “genre” in the analysis of the use of videoconference systems at work. Short Paper accepted to The Second Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction NordiCHI 2002 - Tradition and Transcendence Aarhus, Denmark, October 19-23, 2002.



Lantz, A and Cerratto Pargman, T. (2002). Would you accept being disturbed eleven times during one-hour meeting? Full paper accepted to the Fifth Asia-Pacific Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (APCHI 2002), Beijing, China.


Bodgan, C and Cerratto Pargman, T. (2002). Reconsidering support for the members of specialized online communities. Full paper accepted to the Nordic Ergonomics Society's 34th Annual, Congress on Humans in a Complex Environment (NES 2002), October 1-3, Norrköping, Sweden.


Cerratto Pargman, T and Borin, L. (2002). Overview of the research area. IPLab technical report.



Cerratto Pargman, T. (accepted). Collaborating with writing tools: an instrumental perspective on the problem of computer support for collaborative activities. Interacting with Computers: the interdisciplinary journal of Human-Computer Interaction, Elsevier Science.



Cerratto Pargman, T. and Waern, Y. (accepted). Appropriating the Use of a Moo for Collaborative Learning. Interacting with Computers: the interdisciplinary journal of Human-Computer Interaction, Elsevier Science.


Cerratto, T. (2001). The use of synchronous text-based environments for teacher professional development. In M. Beißwenger (ed.) Chat-Kommunikation. Sprache, Interaktion, Sozialität & Identität in synchroner computervermittelter kommunikation. Ibidem. Stuttgart. To appear in November 2001.


Wærn, Y. & Cerratto, T (2001). ”Problems in Orchestrating MOO Activity”. Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference On System Sciences, January 3-6, 2001, Maui, Hawaii.


Cerratto, T. & Wærn, Y (2000). ”Chatting to learn and learning to chat in collaborative virtual environments”. In M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture 3(4).


Cerratto , T. (2000) « Activités collaboratives de formation sur réseau électronique. Médiations instrumentales possibles et impossibles ». In "Qu’est-ce que la pensée ? Les compétences dans le travail et dans la formation.   In G. Vergnaud, G.(Ed,). Hachette. Paris.


Cerratto, T.(2000) “Analyse instrumentale des transformations dans l’écriture collaborative, suite à l’utilisation d’un collecticiel” Full paper accepted to the IC'2000 Conference "Ingénierie des connaissances", Mai 10-12 . Toulouse. France. pp. 299- 310.


Cerratto, T. (1999) « Instrumenting Collaborative Writing and its cognitive tools ». Full Paper. In Proceedings HCP´99 Conference, Human Centred Processes, September 24-26. Brest, France pp. 141-147.


Cerratto, T. (1999) « Supporting Collaborative Writing And Its Cognitive Tools ». Full Paper. In Proceedings of The Third International Cognitive Technology Conference, CT’99 Networked Minds. Aug. 11-14. San Francisco/Silicon Valley, Usa. IEEE Computer Society, Los Alamitos. pp.251-264.


 Zeiliger, R., Belisle, C., Cerratto, T. (1999)  « Implementing a Constructivist Approach to Web Navigation Support », in proceedings of  the ED-MEDIA'99 Conference, Eds.Collis,B., Oliver, R., June 19-24, AACE, Seattle,Wa., USA. pp 403-408.


Bélisle, C., Zeiliger, R., Cerratto, T. (1999) « S'orienter sur le Web en construisant des cartes interactives : le navigateur NESTOR », in Hypertextes hypermedias et internet H2PTM'99 Balpe, Natkin, Lelu, Saleh Eds. Hermes Science Publications, Paris. pp. 101-117.


Bélisle,C., Zeiliger, R., Cerratto, T. (1997) « Integrated Cognitive Engineering at the Interface ». In proceedings of the Second International Conference on Cognitive Technology, CT'97, Aizu, Japan, Marsh, Hehaniv, Gorayska eds., IEEE Computer Society, Los Alamitos.pp. 238-250.


Cerratto, T. & Bélisle, C. (1996) « Apprendre à distance avec un logiciel collaboratif ». Actes du congrès international d’actualité de la recherche en éducation et formation. Université de Paris X Nanterre, 1-3 juillet 1996. pp.75-79.


Cerratto, T Bélisle, C. (1995) « Learners in CSCL environments » Communication à la Cambridge International Conference. In Proceedings : "Putting the student first : Learner centred approach in Open and Distance learning". Cambridge U.K, pp.28-33.


Cerratto, T. & Bélisle, C. (1995) « Reframing Learning in CSCL Environments ». In CSCL '95 Proceedings Table of Contents. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.. pp- 45-48.