Argumentation-Based Learning for Communities of Practice

Argumentation-Based Learning for Communities of Practice

Nikos Karacapilidis (IMIS Lab, MEAD, University of Patras, Patras, Greece), Manolis Tzagarakis (Department of Economics, University of Patras, Patras, Greece) and Nikos Karousos (Software Quality Research Group, Hellenic Open University, Patras, Greece)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 9
DOI: 10.4018/jksr.2013040108
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Abstract

Argumentation has been pointed out as an important means to foster learning. However, contemporary argumentation tools only poorly support the learning dimension. This is mainly due to their emphasis on formal models, which does not align well with the learning process. This article presents CoPe_it!, an innovative web-based tool that supports collaboration and augments learning through argumentative discourses. The tool provides the means to manage individual and collective knowledge by adopting an incremental formalization approach. The authors demonstrate the tool’s applicability to Communities of Practice and the authors discuss the potential of their approach in the context of e-Learning.
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2. Existing Approaches

A plethora of tools is already available to support learning activities in diverse settings (Scheuer, Loll, Pinkwart, & McLaren, 2010). In this section, we focus on representative systems that support computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) and argumentative collaboration. As far as CSCL is concerned, Debatepedia (http://compendium.open.ac.uk/) is a desktop application that supports dialogue mapping and conceptual modeling in a meeting scenario, and can be used to gather a semantic group memory.

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