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Title: Understanding collaborative learning activities in an information ecology: A distributed cognition account
Authors: Christina Vasiliou ItemCrisRefDisplayStrategy.rp.deleted.icon
Ioannou, Andri 
Zaphiris, Panayiotis 
Keywords: Collaborative learning;Shared workspaces;Information ecology;Collocated learning;Distributed cognition
Category: Sociology
Field: Social Sciences
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Source: Computers in Human Behavior, 2014, Volume 41, Pages 544-553
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.
ISSN: 0747-5632
Rights: © 2015 Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling
Type: Article
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