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Integrated learning with scriptable artefacts

English title Integrated learning with scriptable artefacts
Applicant Dillenbourg Pierre
Number 118708
Funding scheme ProDoc
Research institution VPAA / I&C EPFL
Institution of higher education EPF Lausanne - EPFL
Main discipline Education and learning sciences, subject-specific education
Start/End 01.01.2008 - 31.12.2010
Approved amount 354'831.00
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Keywords (5)

eLearning; distributed cognition; ubiquitous computing; computer-supported collaborative learning; human-computer interaction

Lay Summary (English)

Lay summary
A collaborative learning script is a pedagogical method that structures group interactions to foster the emergence of productive interactions (explanation, argumentation,..). These interac-tions have been associated with positive learning outcomes. An integrated learning script in-cludes activities occurring at three social levels: individual, small group and class-wide. The art of scripting is to find a proper equilibrium between the need to structure group activities and the risk of spoiling the natural richness of teamwork. It occurs that a similar concern is shared by researchers who design computational artefacts, such as interactive tables, walls, lamps, etc. These artefacts are designed for mediating co-present social interactions in a smooth way, avoiding being a social barrier as computer displays often do. This research pro-posal explores the convergence between integrated scripts and interactive furniture. We pro-pose to investigate the effects of scriptable artefacts on the emergence of productive interac-tions in collaborative learning situations. We chose a design-based research method for ex-ploring the effects of 3 types of scriptable furniture on four types of generic learning activi-ties. Our empirical studies will capture how users will adapt and/or repurpose these artefacts we have designed and how this affects their verbal interactions.
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