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Laptops in classroom interaction: Deconstructing the networked situation
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design.
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics.
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics. (LINA)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4333-0371
2015 (English)In: International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, ISSN 1560-4624, E-ISSN 1741-5055, Vol. 25, no 2, 226-240 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The screen, as part of networked technologies such as phones, tablets and laptops is at present a debated subject as it affects how people behave in meetings, lectures and other social gatherings. As these networked technologies attract attention and mediates interaction during physical social gatherings, they also change how we perceive and define what a situation is. In this article we focus on the different types of screen related interactions identified in a higher education classroom. Since these networked technologies are commonplace at university campuses it is important to describe their effects on everyday situations such as lectures. While a range of studies have raised questions regarding the negative effects of multitasking, screen peeking and other laptop related side effects this article emphasise the situational impact of student-laptop interaction. The contribution emphasises on the computer mediated interaction with both other students, external others as well as a range of digital resources. The research thus aims at providing educators and researchers with a model to advance their understanding of the laptoped and networked situation.

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2015. Vol. 25, no 2, 226-240 p.
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Information Systems, Social aspects
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SOCIAL SCIENCE, Informatics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-7630Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84931834966OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-7630DiVA: diva2:815673
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Available from: 2015-06-01 Created: 2015-06-01 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
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1. Being Multisituated: Characterizing laptoping in networked situations
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2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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During the last 30 years mobile IT has gone from being an exotic ingredient to an everyday artifact. This thesis presents an ethnographic study of laptop use in a university setting. The thesis concludes that it is no longer enough to describe the use of portable IT as an activity in its own right, i.e. using a laptop computer as an activity similar to reading a book or writing an essay. Additionally, describing a person as merely a user of digital technology fails to capture the intervowennessbetween the technology, situation, person and other actors. In order to find more nuanced answers about laptop use the thesis discuss what characterize the use of laptops in everyday life. With support from Actor-Network Theory, the Interaction Order and Experiential computing the thesis explores the hybrid combination of a person-laptop. The contribution is a framework of the driving forces behind the laptoper’s everyday activities. Additionally a model of the networked situation is presented, that uncovers the effects of the laptoper over time, that is, the laptoping process. The contribution is a framework with key characteristics and typified interactions where the multisituated and network dimensions are understood as fundamental elements of hybrid interaction.

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Göteborg: University of Gothenburg, 2015. 72 p.
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Gothenburg Studies in Informatics, ISSN 1400-74147 ; 47
Keyword
Laptoping, laptoper, interaction order, actor-network theory, networked situation, multisituationism.
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Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
SOCIAL SCIENCE, Informatics
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urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-7632 (URN)978-91-982069-2-0 (ISBN)
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Available from: 2015-06-01 Created: 2015-06-01 Last updated: 2015-06-01Bibliographically approved

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