Collective Learning: Applying Distributed Cognition for Collective Intelligence

By Jose A. Fadul.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Collective learning is a useful approach for designing and redesigning social aspects of learning and cognition by putting emphasis on the learner and his or her social environment. Collective Learning views a system as a set of accounts, and models the interchange of information between these accounts. These accounts can be either in the mental space of the participants or external representations available in the environment. It is a theoretical paradigm that uses insights from sociology, cognitive science, and the activity theory of Lev Vygotsky, emphasizing the social aspects of learning and cognition. It is a framework with a methodology that involves the coordination between individuals and their artifacts, with two key components: 1) symbols and representations that information is held in and transformed from people to people; and 2) the process by which versions of information are coordinated with each other. In the paper, metaphors and examples are discussed as well as some ways of accurately calculating collective learning.

Keywords: Collective Learning, Distributed Cognition, Collective Intelligence, Activity Theory

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp.211-220. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.193MB).

Dr. Jose A. Fadul

Full Professor, School of Multidisciplinary Studies, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines

Dr. Jose Fadul received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of the Philippines in 1999, and is currently Full Professor of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in Manila. He teaches Social Science subjects, and is a volunteer faculty tutor in Algebra and General Psychology. He is happily married to his wife, Susan, a Certified Public Accountant working for the Summer Institute of Linguistics. They have one daughter born in 1995. Dr. Fadul has authored a number of books employing learner- and learning-centered pedagogy, and cooperative learning.

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