Jacob Davidsens presentation "Interaction between learners" at CAL11
Learning Futures: Education, Technology & Sustainability Jacob Davidsen &Marianne Georgsen Aalborg University Department of Communication & Psychological
Agenda• Presenting ”Interaction between learners in an interactive learning environment” Working question – how can teachers facilitate interaction and interactivity between learners in design and action?• Aim of this presentation is to identify some of the levels of interaction between learners in the technology rich environment we have studied.
A design for learning• By design for learning we mean the totality of three elements (Davidsen & Georgsen, 2010): The physical surroundings and layout of the classroom; the digital resources and technological framework; and finally the learning materials and activities designed by the teacher.
Contemporary researchInteractive technology Interactive dialogue• IWB, software, touch- • Pedagogy, design, screens, Smart-phones, infrastructure, teacher Ipads, resources, and student roles, games etc. partcipation patterns and forms.
Levels ofcollaborationA model developed in the CSCW fieldby Neale et al 2004.Use for describing and analysingcomputer mediated group work.These levels of interaction can bemodified for face-to-face learningsituations.Depending on theoretical standpointyou can argue wether collaborationor cooperation is the highest level.Neale et al.: ”if the proper levels ofcommunication and coordination issupported, groups achieve commonground and acquire activityawareness critical for effective groupfunctioning.”
Findings• Presenting three levels of interaction: Level 1: Lets learn together now Level 2: The right answers is there, lets find it Level 3: Follow the plan
Lets learn together nowLoosely coupledInformation sharingLight-weight interactionsCoordination
The right answer is there, lets find it?Loosely coupled tighter coupledInformation sharingLight-weight interactionsCoordinationCollaboration
Follow the planTighter coupled tightly coupledInformation sharingLight-weight interactionsCoordinationCollaboration
Conclusions• A need to focus on interaction levels between learners for developing learning activities and designs supporting interaction• Learning is more than facts and concepts – it is important to focus on and teach collaborative skills• The technological setup gives an excellent opportunity for studying childrens collaboration and negotiation processes
New questions• What are the classroom dynamics in a technology rich environment?• How can designs for learning promote a high level of interaction between learners?