Collaborative Learning In An Artifact Ecology

Vasiliou, Christina (2015) Collaborative Learning In An Artifact Ecology. In: Proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Interactive Tabletops & Surfaces - ITS '15. Association for Computing Machinery, pp. 457-462. ISBN 978-1-4503-3899-8

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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, both qualitative and quantitative data were collected in HCI courses 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) as a conceptual framework to guide analysis and interpretation of findings we worked toward understanding the interdependencies of learners, tasks, and technologies in the environment and highlighting aspects for 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.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Collaborative learning; distributed cognition; artifact ecology; HCI education
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 09:03
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 09:31

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