Keynote Presentation at CSCL 2009 Print
Saturday, 06 June 2009
Prof. Rose Luckin will give a keynote address on June 11 in Rhodes at the International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning. Her talk entitled ‘Participatory Learning in Context’ will discuss the concepts of participation and context as two learning essentials that we need to understand in order to develop technology rich learning experiences.

I will present a model of context that is grounded in the participatory sociocultural principle that an individual's development is a collaborative interaction between that individual and her social and cultural environment. This model is called the Ecology of Resources and it operationalises a definition of context as the combination of interactions a learner experiences with multiple disciplines, people, artefacts and environments, across multiple physical spaces and times. There is much existing relevant research from a wealth of different disciplines including computer science, psychology, sociology and education that I will draw upon in my talk. I will however focus upon empirical evidence from two participatory design projects with learners aged 11 - 16 years, their teachers and mentors. The first project involves learners in a self-managed learning situation working with researchers to develop tools to increase their understanding of how they can use technology to best meet their learning needs. The second is a participatory science project that involves teachers and learners working with researchers to develop the concept and practical application of participatory science in the classroom so that learners can use technology to effectively access remote resources, collaborate with science projects and co-construct scientific explanations.

Each of these projects will be discussed in terms of the Ecology of Resources model in order to highlight how this model offers a useful conceptualisation of participation and context. This discussion will also identify some of the requirements we need to encompass when designing technology rich learning in order to support participation and build upon a learner's context. These include the need to:

  • Develop within learners the skills that enable them to build conceptual links between the networks of people, places and things that form their personal Ecology of Resources.
  • Develop within teachers, tutors and peers a greater understanding of how the deep levels of learner engagement with technology can be translated into a higher level of critical engagement with the collaborative knowledge construction process.
  • Embrace the idea that institutions, such as schools, have a key place within each learner's Ecology of learning Resources, but that their importance is as much about how they enable learners to build links between their experiences outside the institution as it is with how they support learning within the institution
  • Offer learners greater agency in the creation of their learning contexts to fulfill the opportunity to move beyond the generation of content for learning by learners to the generation of contexts for learning by learners.

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