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Contextualized Cooperation Concept Version 1

This document describes an integrated concept of work-integrated cooperative learning within the APOSDLE project as developed since change of responsibilities for WP III in August 2007.

The APOSDLE contextualized cooperation concept mainly focuses on

• Introducing the concept of cooperation as »interaction to exchange information including coordination, communication and/or collaboration« instead of supporting only collaboration as »interacting to reach a common goal« (see section 4)

• Modelling APOSDLE contextualized cooperation process-oriented from a user’s perspective and documenting the contextualized cooperation process in a format easily to be discussed in interdisciplinary teams such as the APOSDLE consortium (see section 8)

• Implementing an APOSDLE contextualized cooperation framework by integrating as much existing software tools and services as possible to provide cooperation functionality instead of implementing the required functionality into one tool (see section 9).

Furthermore, the APOSDLE contextualized cooperation concept

• Explains basic terminology relevant to the field of contextualized cooperation (see section 5)

• Analyses relevant preconditions given through APOSDLE’s target group, context and implementation and to be taken as a baseline for developing the contextualized cooperation approach (see section 6)

• Introduces the concept of cooperation spaces from a knowledge management perspective (see section 5)

• Describes the GUI design of cooperation functionality to be provided by the APOSDLE system from a user interface design and usability point of view (see section 10)

• Discusses other relevant aspects, namely APOSDLE contextualized cooperation as a sociotechnical system as well as privacy issues (see section 9)

All these aspects of the APOSDLE contextualized cooperation concept are highly interrelated; some of them are thoroughly elaborated, for others we present just initial ideas and first findings. Parts of this
concept are already implemented as components of the 2nd APOSDLE prototype delivered at the same time as this document.