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Eh, they even have a special tool, did you see that?: Affordances in digital learning resource mediated interaction
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Didactic Science and Early Childhood Education. (DidaktikDesign)
2008 (English)In: Digital Kompetanse: nordic journal of digital literacy, ISSN 0809-6724, Vol. 3, no 1, 5-18 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article illustrates how the perspective Designs for Learning can improve the understanding of interface interaction in the educational setting. Furthermore the article demonstrates that the digital learning resource does add something to the learning process in a vast amount of affordances, but that only a small fraction is utilized by the users today. The video based research material was collected in Social Science classes of year 7 and 8, and analyzed with the model Learning Design Sequence – LDS.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oslo: Universitetsforlaget , 2008. Vol. 3, no 1, 5-18 p.
Keyword [en]
Designs for Learning, digital learning resource, affordances, interface interaction, Learning Design Sequence, LDS
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-55303OAI: diva2:402459
Learning Design Sequences and digital learning recourses in Swedish schools – a user’s perspective.
Available from: 2011-03-08 Created: 2011-03-08 Last updated: 2011-03-17Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Designs for Learning in an Extended Digital Environment: Case Studies of Social Interaction in the Social Science Classroom
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Designs for Learning in an Extended Digital Environment: Case Studies of Social Interaction in the Social Science Classroom
2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis studies designs for learning in the extended digital interface in the Social Science classroom. The aim is to describe and analyse how pupils interact, make meaning and learn while deploying digital learning resources.

Together with the thesis a multimodal design theoretical perspective on learning has developed: Designs for Learning. Here learning is understood as multimodal transformative processes of sign-making activities where teachers and pupils are viewed as didactic designers. A model called Learning Design Sequence has been developed and serves as a tool for data collection and analysis. Video observation material from five ICT-advanced schools with pupils aged 6-17 was multimodally transcribed and analysed.

In conclusion the thesis, among other things, indicates that:

- Social Science acquires informal features and pupils are independently designing their own digital Social Science material.

- Pupils’ interactions are significantly multimodal and the digital learning resource becomes a third element in interaction. Pupils are constantly active and very responsive to each others’ representations. They cooperate as if learning in the extended interface is a collective responsibility.

- Pupils’ learning is also significantly multimodal. Being digital natives, they engage in colours, sounds and images to represent some of their learning.

- Learning represented in modes other than text and speech becomes invisible and disappears in the digital divide.

- Pupils are simultaneously designing parallel paths of learning. One path represents the formalised education which is the path initiated, promoted and assessed by the teacher. The other path is guided by pupils’ interests and by affordances in the digital interface. This represents the extended learning that goes on below the surface.          

The thesis ends with a discussion about didactic complexities in The Online Learning Paradigm.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Education, Stockholm University, 2011. 192 p.
Doktorsavhandlingar från Institutionen för pedagogik och didaktik, 1
interaction, learning, meaning-making, digital learning resources, Social Science, school, classroom, pupils, teachers, didactic design, digital interface, assessment, designs for learning, multimodality
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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-55309 (URN)978-91-7447-254-7 (ISBN)
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2011-04-08, Nordenskiöldssalen, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 12, Stockholm, 13:00 (Swedish)
At the time of the doctoral defense, the following papers were unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 1: Accepted. Paper 5: Submitted.Available from: 2011-03-17 Created: 2011-03-08 Last updated: 2011-03-18Bibliographically approved

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