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Gerhard Fischer and Hal Eden: "Design, Learning, and Collaboration" – Spring Semester 2004

Assignment 7

Questions in Relationship to "Distributed Cognition"

paper: Hollan, J., Hutchins, E., & Kirsch, D. (2001) "Distributed Cognition: Toward a New Foundation for Human-Computer Interaction Research." In J. M. Carroll (Ed.) Human-Computer Interaction in the New Millennium, ACM Press, New York, pp. 75-94.

Important–Role distribution: analyzers and summarizers for assignment 6:

1. Chen, Jun

2. Clawson, Joel

3. Tamez, Jennifer

The "analyzers and summarizers" can do their work individually or jointly

due: Wed, Feb 18, 2004

1. producers: please submit by 10:00am to the class website ?please be on time, so the "analyzers and summarizers" can do their work!

2. analyzers/summarizers: please submit by 3:00pm to the class website

Briefly discuss the following issues:
1. what did you find

1.1. interesting about the article?

1.2. not interesting about the article?

2. what do you consider the main message of the article?

3. are themes discussed in the article which you would like to know more about?

4. please describe briefly your understanding of

4.1. distributed cognition?

4.2. ethnography

4.3. active representations (which is the most important example you can think of?)

5. the article talks about "new foundations" for HCI

5.1. please discuss a couple of "old foundations" for HCI

5.2. how "new" according to your knowledge are these “new foundations?

6. do you have any ideas how this research could / should be extended based on your own knowledge and experience?

7. in the class on Jan 14, 2004, we showed a multi-media show about the CLever project ?question: which elements of distributed cognition are described in this video?

remark/hint: in case you have to rely on "distributed cognition" to remember what was shown ?you can refresh your memory by watching the multi-media show again (it only takes 6 minutes) at: by activating the link "Load Flash Movie"


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