Take up my tags: Exploring benefits of meaning making in a collaborative learning task at the workplace

Sebastian Dennerlein*, Paul Seitlinger, Elisabeth Lex, Tobias Ley

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In the digital realm, meaning making is reflected in the reciprocal manipulation of mediating artefacts. We understand uptake, i.e. interaction with and understanding of others’ artefact interpretations, as central mechanism and investigate its impact on individual and social learning at work. Results of our social tagging field study indicate that increased uptake of others’ tags is related to a higher shared understanding of collaborators as well as narrower and more elaborative exploration in individual information search. We attribute the social and individual impact to accommodative processes in the high uptake condition.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdaptive and Adaptable Learning - 11th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2016, Proceedings
EditorsKatrien Verbert, Mike Sharples, Tomaž Klobučar
PublisherSpringer Verlag Heidelberg
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9783319451527
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Event11th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning: EC-TEL 2016 - Universite Lumiere Lyon2, Lyon, France
Duration: 13 Sept 201616 Sept 2016
Conference number: 11

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9891 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference11th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning
Abbreviated titleEC-TEL 2016
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  • Collaborative learning
  • Meaning making
  • Social tagging
  • Uptake

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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