Plats: MIT-huset, MC 413
Carl Johan Orre & Ulf Hedestig, Informatik: Lessons learned from the Skellefteå case
Existing KM softwares follow structures of large organizations with functions and features connected to management and top down incentives. Individual profiles and learning objects are often employed as resources for individual learning and competence assessment. One up running problem is that these systems tend to yield a massive amount of administration. Another is that learning activities are taken out of its social and work context separating learning and work. KM systems have turned into devices that rather handle administration of information than supporting learning activities. Learning becomes driven by information and functions as a container of data, accessible anytime and anywhere. The core problem in KM concepts is the information-processing paradigm, which regard information and knowledge as synonymous constructs and therefore makes them easy to transform into computational logics for data inputs and data outputs, and represents what we denote as formal systems.
In this seminar we will present ideas that expand the concept of semiformal systems in collaborative environments. Our departure rather has been to approach the design and understanding of learner support systems from a student perspective. Through extensive empirical work we have identified a number of salient dimensions that points towards a need to broaden the users space of possible actions. The complexity of collaborative processes and the trend of students increased use of mobile and personal technologies have been concretized in a collaborative learning system, the MOVE system. The implication of interconnecting stationary and mobile devices in MOVE has provided a technological support for critical transitions between participants in collaborative activities. The seminar will make a retrospective account of the Skellefteå case, which now has come to an end. We will point out a number of challenges that have emerged along the way, addressing future needs of rethinking teacher and student practice, and the organization of those technological supports we offer to our students.