Collaborative learning in an artifact ecology: A distributed cognition perception

Christina Vasiliou*

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Abstract

This work aims to extend our understanding of how groups of learners collaborate in a learning environment rich in technologies, namely an artifact ecology. For the purpose of this investigation we enriched a postgraduate HCI course with four identical technology rich settings that aimed to support student collaborative activities around a design problem. Following an ethnographic approach, we collected qualitative data from an HCI course over three years resulting in a rich dataset for analysis. Initial studies helped us understand the domain knowledge, context, and learners' needs and experiences. Then, using Distributed Cognition (DC) framework we worked toward understanding the interdependencies of learners, tasks, and technologies in the environment and highlighting aspects of redesign. The findings of these individual studies were then combined in order to provide a holistic understanding of the collaborative activities in an artifact ecology.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2015 ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces, ITS 2015
PublisherACM
Pages457-462
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450338998
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event10th ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces, ITS 2015 - Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Duration: 15 Nov 201518 Nov 2015

Conference

Conference10th ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces, ITS 2015
CountryPortugal
CityFunchal, Madeira
Period15/11/1518/11/15

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