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Communication is not collaboration: observations from a case study in collaborative learning

Jowers, Iestyn; Gaved, Mark; Elliott-Cirigottis, Gary; Dallison, Delphine; Rochead, Alan and Craig, Mark (2016). Communication is not collaboration: observations from a case study in collaborative learning. In: Proceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference (Lloyd, Peter and Bohemia, Erik eds.), Brighton, UK, pp. 609–624.

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This paper presents a case study that focusses on developing communication and collaboration skills of undergraduate design students studying at a distance, and vocational learners based in a community maker-space. Participants were drawn from these formal and informal educational settings and engaged in a project framed in the context of distributed manufacturing, with designers working at a distance from the makers, whilst communicating using asynchronous online tools. Early analysis of the collected data has identified a diversity of working practice across the participants, and highlighted a disjunction between communication and collaboration. Encouraging learners to communicate is not the same as encouraging collaboration. Instead effective collaboration depends on sharing expertise through dialogue.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 The Authors
ISSN: 2398-3132
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Reimagining Education for the Future of Redistributed ManufacturingEP/M017591/1EPSRC
Keywords: design education; maker-space; distance education; formal/informal learning
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learner and Discovery Services (LDS) > Library Services
Learner and Discovery Services (LDS)
Research Group: Design and Innovation
Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
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Item ID: 45331
Depositing User: Mark Gaved
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2016 12:56
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2019 11:34
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