Thursday, February 17, 2005

Computer Supported Collaborative Work

As part of this week's discussion, we've been asked to add to a list of "quotable quotes" related to Distributed Cognition. I happened across this gem while exploring the notion of distributed cognition as it relates to computer supported collaborative work (CSCW).

Errors will occur in any system of human behavior; the advantage of designing for errors is that the cooperative system can turn occasion of errors into opportunities. Thus when designing for CSCW, it's also important to "design for errors".

Distributed Cognition as Framework for Cooperative Work by
Fran├žoise Decortis, Samuel Noirfalise, Berthe Saudelli
Visit this link for the full article.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hard to believe that we've been in Victoria for more than a year now.

You think with the practice I've been getting that my golf game would be better than it is ;-)

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Situated Cognition

This week's readings and discussions for my course at OISE/UT related to "situated cognition." Situated Learning, or SitCog, as it's come to be known in our class, is pretty interesting stuff.

A big part of the equation in online environments, is, of course, the interface itself. The fact that communication is "mediated" by and through computers and connections to the 'net becomes a "design issue" for designers and developers of online-based curriculua.

A continuing interest of mine is how best to share the wealth when it comes to knowledge and learning in online environments. Specifically, how can we best spread the "fluency" of functioning and contributing members of online communities to those "new" to the situation online learning presents.

Here's a link to an online version of one of this past week's readings:
Wilson, B. G. & Madsen Myers, K. (1999)
Situated Cognition in Theoretical and Practical Context