Case Study Experiments of the Knowledge Practices Laboratory (KP-Lab)
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KP-Lab is a five year research and development project financed by the EU 6th Framework Program. The aim of the project is to create a learning system which facilitates innovative practices of sharing, creating and working with knowledge in education and workplaces. The KP-Lab aims at developing theories, tools and practical models in teaching and learning as well as digital applications. This presentation will outline how the experimental development work adapting trialogical learning is done with the students as part of a media engineering course called "multimedia product". The course was developed further through scenario writing (see Carroll, 2000) to reach the new pedagogical practices and technological means to support these. This work was executed in co-operation with the KP-Lab pedagogical partners. The goal of the multimedia product course is to provide an opportunity for the students to use and extend their skills on the design of a multimedia product or service in an authentic situation, still being able to get support for the process. (see Muukkonen et al. 2006 and Paavola et al. 2004). The results of this process are a product or service that is delivered to the client, as well as all the artifacts the students create together in the process. In the course, the first prototype of one of the KP-Lb tools, namely the Shared Space and its tools were used. Shared Space is an environment, which provides support and means for collaborative work around shared object that are developed. The students and teacher can comment directly to the shared objects using a commenting tool. They can link semantically the objects and tasks to express their meaningful relations. They can write collaboratively their project reports and deliverables using integrated wiki. They can annotate semantically the shared objects for example by using a domain based light way ontology. Furthermore, the students have participated in the design and evaluation process by giving feedback and ideas of how they would prefer to use the Shared Space and its tools as well as by organizing different kind of usability tests and evaluations.