Co-creation of Knowledge in Technology-Enhanced Communities of Learning

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The CONTACT application is an educational computer program designed to address social competencies, specifically conflict resolution, of adolescents with HFASD. It complies with the principles of constructivist learning theory which entwines self-directed experiences with learning (Dede, 1996; Jonassen, 1994). CONTACT has been designed to (1) enable pairs of adolescents view a series of social conflicts, (2) role play possible responses to the conflict, (3) engage in a period of reflection leading to the selection of one of several resolution strategies displayed on the screen and (4) hold a discussion on their selection and responses to it.

CONTACT was designed as an application that supports the recognition of multiple users. It is thus possible to use the “shared” collaboration dimension as described in several studies to promote collaborative decision making (Dietz & Leigh, 2001; Giusti, Zancanaro, Gal, & Weiss, 2011; Zancanaro et al., 2007). It is compatible with the CircleTwelve DiamondTouch multi-touch table (http://circletwelve.com) as well as a Window’s desktop version that run a MultiMouse utility (Microsoft).