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ERIC Number: EJ1023420
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0268-0513
Challenging the CSCW Matrix: A Rough Draft of a New Conceptualisation of Collaborative Practices in Learning Environments
Jørnø, Rasmus Leth; Gynther, Karsten; Christensen, Ove
Open Learning, v28 n3 p239-254 2013
This paper challenges traditional dichotomies that identify temporal and spatial restrains as relevant defining properties of learning environments. We present a critique of the current dominant computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW) taxonomy. Although we believe that the taxonomy does provide useful information, we question whether the axis of time and space comprising the matrix pertains to relevant defining properties of the tools, technology or learning environments to which they are applied. Subsequently, we offer an example of an Adobe Connect e-learning session as an illustration of a different approach to learning situations based on the idea that tools, technology and learning environments are media through which participants simultaneously acquire proficiency to articulate and gain a perspective in order to decode what is going on. To effectively interact online, we contend that both teachers and students are required to modify and adapt their "perception abilities" and "enacting strategies" to appropriate a technology-mediated environment for learning purposes. The analysis illustrates the claim that particular collaborative or cooperative work practices attempt to appropriate tools, technologies and complete learning environments to accomplish their goals. From this different approach, we draw a tentative taxonomy of collaborative practices that allows appropriated media to be categorised relative to their use rather than their properties. The contention is that collaborative practices are an appropriate unit of analysis and that categories of such practices can be established by an axis of articulation work and an axis of the codification needed to express and coordinate knowledge and work efforts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark
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