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An interactive evaluation approach for the creation of collaborative learning commons
2005 (English)In: Proceedings of 12th European Conference on Information Technology Evaluation (ECITE 2005), 2005, p. 337-347Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper reports on the interactive design and evaluation of Internet2-enabled international students' cooperation/collaboration projects involving students and faculty from four disciplines and from three campuses, two in California, U.S.A. and one in the North of Sweden. The purpose of the collaboration is to collect and exchange information and produce knowledge on what would constitute a student-centered physical and virtual ‘learning commons'. The project construct reflects lessons learned in the 3-year Creative University initiative at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden, as well as the growing shift from academic information commons to ‘learning commons', where the focus is on learning rather than technology. Our distributed, international design and evaluation process is based on principles and practices for action research and builds on theories for knowledge exchange embedded in the concept of Ba, as advanced by Nonaka and others. The Ba model recognizes four stages for making tacit knowledge explicit to enable information sharing and produce new knowledge within shared physical, virtual and mental contexts. To explore the practical feasibility of constituting and linking learning communities to create new disciplinary knowledge, share it across disciplinary communities, and co-create dynamic technology-enabled learning environments, we intentionally employed systems thinking methodology involving discourse, dialogue and communication through which faculty and students created shared meanings. Our report includes reflections on applied interactive evaluation framework and process as well as observations on the efficacy of a variety of technology supported tools for initiating and advancing distributed cooperative and collaborative learning. Our research results are further enriched by commentary on the social implementation factors affecting tool utility. For this kind of endeavour to succeed we need to pay explicit attention to the creation of viable group processes including knowledge assessment activities, influencing infrastructure for enabling technology, and integrate this with pedagogical insights on improving student learning.

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2005. p. 337-347
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Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Informatics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-31366Local ID: 585f0290-1072-11dc-b9dd-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-31366DiVA, id: diva2:1004600
Conference
European Conference on Information Technology Evaluation : 29/09/2005 - 30/09/2005
Note

Godkänd; 2005; 20070601 (ysko)

Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2018-06-13Bibliographically approved

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