Learning about collaborative design for learning in a Multi-Surface Design Studio

Roberto Martinez-Maldonado, Peter Goodyear, Yannis Dimitriadis, Kate Thompson, Lucila Carvalho, Luis P. Prieto, Martin Parisio

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This paper fuses research on CSCL and collaborative design for learning. Despite growing awareness in the CSCL community of the importance of design in teachers’ work, there has been little empirical research on how such design is carried out, or how design for CSCL can be supported through the provision of better design tools and design methods. The paper offers an analysis of the work of four pairs of designers in our Multi-Surface Design Studio. These four dyads were completing a design task we set them, while simultaneously learning how to make good use of the various personal and shared digital tools, display surfaces and other resources in the studio. From observational and interview data, we show how collaborative design for learning needs to be understood as a complex, multiply-situated activity, in which design problem-solving, tools and space usage depend on the fluent deployment of intuitive knowledge about mutual awareness, shared perception, information persistence and movement.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCSCL2015, Exploring the Material Conditions of Learning, The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2015
Subtitle of host publicationConference Proceedings - Volume 1
EditorsOskar Lindwall, Paivi Hakkinen, Timothy Koschmann, Pierre Tchounikine, Sten Ludvigsen
Place of PublicationGothenburg Sweden
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780990355069
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventComputer Supported Collaborative Learning 2015 - Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 7 Jun 201511 Jun 2015
Conference number: 11th


ConferenceComputer Supported Collaborative Learning 2015
Abbreviated titleCSCL 2015
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  • Design
  • Design for learning
  • Face-to-face collaboration
  • Multi-touch
  • Teachers
  • Technology

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