An Artifact ecology in a nutshell: A distributed cognition perspective for collaboration and coordination

Christina Vasiliou*, Andri Ioannou, Panayiotis Zaphiris

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Abstract

An artifact ecology is an environment where multiple heterogeneous technologies co-exist and are interlinked as a unified system. To construct effective ecologies of artifacts for collaborative activities we need to acquire deep understanding of the complex interactions and interdependencies between users and tools. Researchers have identified Distributed Cognition (DC) as a powerful tool for understanding these interdependencies. In this study, DC, and particularly the DiCoT framework, were considered ideal for constructing this understanding for four student-groups during collaborative activities in an artifact ecology. Using DiCoT we analysed learners’ behaviour and how the artifact ecology supported collaboration and cooperation. The cognitive system was described from three different perspectives-physical layout, information flow and artifacts-which (i) allowed an in-depth understanding of the interactions among learners and tools during collaborative activities and (ii) provided insights on how the affordances of the artifact ecology supported collaboration and coordination.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2015 - 15th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer
Pages55-72
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9783319226675
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event15th IFIP TC 13 International Conference on Human–Computer Interaction, INTERACT 2015 - Bamberg, Germany
Duration: 14 Sep 201518 Sep 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9297
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference15th IFIP TC 13 International Conference on Human–Computer Interaction, INTERACT 2015
CountryGermany
CityBamberg
Period14/09/1518/09/15

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