The LEAD project focused on one specific type of “higher-level cognitive” learning activity, i.e. collaborative problem solving. Collaborative problem solving is an essential aspect of our day-to-day performance in society. The ability to solve problems together is crucial for personal development, for progress in practice, and on a wider scale for the European society as a whole. In addition, when people solve problems they learn. It is therefore not surprising that problem solving as a learning activity has a long and fruitful tradition in educational practice. Often, collaborative problem solving doesn’t occur naturally. Networked- computing technologies have the potentials to provide learners with the kind of support that will improve their task performance.
The LEAD project stresses that one of the most important challenges with regard to technology-enhanced learning is to develop effective networked-computing support for face-to-face problem-solving discussions. To achieve this one has to gain a deeper understanding of face-to-face and computer-mediated interactions, their interdependence, and their effects on learning and cognition. The LEAD project blends theory-driven design of a networked learning environment with empirical educational research. This has resulted in the design of CoFFEE – Collaborative Face to Face Educational Environment. See https://sites.google.com/a/unisa.it/coffee-soft/home for more information on CoFFEE.
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