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

Vasiliou, Christina, Ioannou, Andri and Zaphiris, Panayiotis (2014) Understanding collaborative learning activities in an information ecology: A distributed cognition account. Computers in Human Behavior, 41. pp. 544-553. ISSN 0747-5632

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2014.09.057


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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Information ecology, Shared workspaces, Collaborative learning, Distributed cognition, Collocated learning
Subjects: C800 Psychology
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2018 08:09
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2020 16:40
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/36388

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