Participating in Critical Alternatives 2015!

Looking forward to the 5th decennial Århus conference and the presentation of our work “In Search of Fairness: Critical Design Alternatives for Sustainability“. 

Somya Joshi – Stockholm University –
Teresa Cerratto Pargman – Stockholm University

Abstract: Does fairness as an ideal fit within the broader quest for sustainability? In this paper we consider alternative ways of framing the wicked problem of sustainability. One that moves away from the established preference within HCI, towards technological quick-fixes. We adopt a critical lens to challenge the belief that by merely changing practices at an individual level one can do away with unsustainability. This thinking, we argue, is flawed for many reasons, but mostly because of the wickedness of the sustainability problem. By analyzing the case of Fairphone, we illustrate how it is possible to imagine and design change at a broader level of community engagement, when it comes to concerns of fairness and sustainability. We contribute to a deeper understanding of how social value laden enterprises along with open technological design can shape sustainable relationships between our environment and us.


Presenting at CSCL 2015

CSCL 2015 in Gothenburg was great! I presented our work on “Materiality of online students’ peer-review activities in higher education”.  PDF

Teresa Cerratto-Pargman, Ola Knutsson and Petter Karlström from Stockholm University.

Abstract: In spite of the widespread use of technology in higher education, discourses on learning technologies commonly account for their features as disembodied from their use. There has so far been few theoretical approaches which have delved into “the technology question” in CSCL.  We present an empirical study that investigates how students’ peer-review activities are entangled with sociomaterial aspects of mediated collaborative learning. The students’ peer-review activities were analyzed according to the Collective Instrument-mediated Activity Situation (CIAS) model, and findings show that the materiality of two different tools had considerable influenced how students engaged with the texts and how they interacted with each other.

Our Workshop. And together with Isa Jahnke, we had fun organizing and conducting the workshop Changing Teaching and Learning Practices in Schools with Tablet-Mediated Collaborative Learning (#TMCL15): Nordic, European and International Views

Take a look at the great contributions we have discussed during the workshop!


Co-organising LIMITS’2015- The First Workshop on Computing within Limits

I am so proud and happy to be part of this great initiative led by Barath Raghavan, ICSI, California, USA, Daniel Pargman, KTH-Sweden and Bonnie Nardi,UCI, California, USA.

LIMITS 2015 aims to foster discussion on the impact of present or future ecological, material, energetic, and/or societal limits on computing. These topics are seldom discussed in contemporary computing research. The medium-term aim of the workshop is to foster concrete research, potentially of an interdisciplinary nature, that innovates on technologies, techniques, and contexts for computing within fundamental limits. A longer-term goal is to build a community around relevant topics and research, with LIMITS 2015 constituting the inaugural meeting. A goal of this community is to impact society through the design and development of computing systems in the abundant present for use in a future of limits and/or scarcity.

Väldigt Stolt! Super proud!

Samhällsvetenskapliga fakultetsnämnden vid Stockholms universitet beslutar att utse Jalal Nouris avhandling i data- och systemvetenskap: Orchestrating scaffolded outdoor mobile learning activities, som nominerad till Högskoleföreningens utmärkelse för mest framstående vetenskapliga prestation 2014. Jalal disputerade i oktober 2014 med mig som huvudhandledare, Ola Knutsson och Robert Ramberg som bihandledare.

The Faculty of Social Sciences at Stockholm University has nominated my former Ph D candidate Jalal Nouri’s dissertation in computer science: orchestrating scaffolded outdoor mobile learning activities,  to the National Association award for most outstanding scientific achievement in 2014. More information here


Three seminars on critical literacy practices

Shared Epistemic Agency and Agency of Individuals, Collaborative Groups, and Research Communities.

On December 9. Senior Lecturer Crina Damsa talks about Epistemic Agency.

This contribution attempts to clarify the notion of shared epistemic agency, with its constituting aspects, and to examine research that exemplifies how it is expressed and achieved in relation to processes involving learning and knowledge construction. Building on theoretical works from learning sciences, educational psychology and sociology, shared epistemic agency is depicted as emerging in a dynamic way and is defined as a capacity that enables groups to carry out joint knowledge-generating activities that lead to a shared outcome. An analysis of empirical studies shows different ways epistemic agency is expressed in the context of individual and research communities’ knowledge work. Research findings by a study of collaborative learning in higher education, in the context of group projects supported by technology, is used to illustrate the enactment of shared epistemic agency in formal educational settings. The discussion foregrounds that (shared) epistemic agency is not something given and should not be taken for granted; it emerges and is achieved in and through the unfolding (co-)construction processes. In addition, it highlights the idea that creating intellectual interdependence, which is deemed necessary to co-construct knowledge, is also an effort that can be assigned both to individuals and groups, but also to how the structural context affords and facilitates this interdependence.

Digital Didactical Designs in Coexisting Spaces.

On Tuesday October 14 at 10.00-12.00 Prof. Isa Jahnke from the Interactive Media and Learning Center, Umeå University talks about Digital Didactical Designs in Coexisting Spaces.

 Abstract. In the era of the Homo Interneticus, we have the Internet and all information always with us in our pockets and handbags – on our mobile phones and media tablets. In this situation, schools and higher education face the shift away from separating technology and education into co-located settings: web-enabled technology becomes part of the classroom and new teaching and learning spaces emerge. It is the expansion of communication and social interaction to multi co-existing (socio-technical) communication spaces. In this context, what kinds of digital didactical designs do the teachers apply in their practice to scaffold and engage student learning in such new co-existing spaces expanded by web-enabled media tablets? In my talk I will discuss this question from the approach on “Digital Didactical Designs” that is built on the European tradition of Didaktik and reflects the use of ICT in education as socially constructed forms of social and socio-technical practices.

Rich Landscapes of Learning

On November 18th at 10.00-12.00 in room M20, Professor Gerhard Fischer from the Center for LifeLong Learning & Design, Department of Computer Science and Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, talks about “Rich Landscapes of Learning: Exploring Core Competencies for MOOCs and Residential, Research-Based Universities”

 Abstract. Learning is the central activity of the 21st century. It needs to be reconceptualized, nurtured, and supported to meet numerous intellectual and economic challenges by taking advantage of transformative theoretical frameworks and innovative technologies. Massive, Open, Online Courses (MOOCs) are receiving world-wide attention as a means to revolutionize education. The excitement and hype around MOOCs is grounded in promises being disruptive, being free, and providing a totally new kind of learning experience. The attention for MOOCs has moved beyond academic circles. Neither panacea nor snake oil, MOOCs evoke serious questions that deserve informed debate grounded in the learning sciences complementing the current existing discussions from economics and technology.The presentation will analyze MOOCs as one component of a rich landscape for learning. In doing so, MOOCs can serve as a forcing function to identify and reflect on the core competencies of residential, research-based universities in nurturing and supporting aspects of learning that cannot be easily addressed by MOOCs.