Understanding collaborative learning activities in an information ecology: A distributed cognition account

Christina Vasiliou*, Andri Ioannou, Panayiotis Zaphiris

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Abstract

Collaborative learning encloses a diversity of activities, interactions, and practices. Thus, designing a learning environment, potentially enhanced with technology, to support collaborative learning, is not an easy task. Using an in-class exploration involving four multidisciplinary teams, this research seeks to understand collaborative design activities within "InfoSpace" - an information ecology. That is, a collocated space enriched with a multiple interlinked heterogeneous technologies. The aim of the study is to explore how an information ecology works as an integrated cognitive system, through the lenses of distributed cognition. Through the analysis we constructed a detailed account of the information flow, physical layout and artefact models. We claim that distributed cognition framework can provide a lens for understanding interactions among learners, tasks, and tools in collocated technology enhanced learning environments. Furthermore, the analysis provides valuable insights on how the design of the information ecology supports collaboration and coordination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)544-553
Number of pages10
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Volume41
Early online date24 Nov 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes

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