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Main.SocialLearningr1.5 - 09 Apr 2020 - 20:31 - GregorioIvanoff

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Social learning scenario


Annette and Solomon


Português - It is the plenary meeting of an environmental studies group in a local ‘Ambient for Social Learning’. The group ranges from 10 to 75 years old. They share a common desire to understand the environment and environmental management. It is led by a mentor whose role it is to guide and facilitate the group’s operation, but who is not necessarily very knowledgeable about environmental management. The plenary takes place in a room looking much like a hotel foyer with comfortable furniture pleasantly arranged. The meeting is open from 7.00-23.00 hours. Most participants are there for 4-6 hours. A large group arrives around 9.30 a.m. Some are scheduled to work together in real time and space and thus were requested to be present together (the ambient accesses their agendas to do the scheduling).

A member is arriving: as she enters the room and finds herself a place to work, she hears a familiar voice asking “Hello Annette, I got the assignment you did last night from home: are you satisfied with the results?” Annette answers that she was happy with her strategy for managing forests provided that she had got the climatic model right: she was less sure of this. Annette is an active and advanced student so the ambient says it might be useful if Annette spends some time today trying to pin down the problem with the model using enhanced interactive simulation and projection facilities. It then asks if Annette would give a brief presentation to the group. The ambient goes briefly through its understanding of Annette’s availability and preferences for the day’s work. Finally, Annette agrees on her work programme for the day.

One particularly long conversation takes place with Solomon who has just moved to the area and joined the group. The ambient establishes Solomon’s identity; asks Solomon for the name of an ambient that ‘knows’ Solomon; gets permission from Solomon to acquire information about Solomon’s background and experience in Environmental Studies. The ambient then suggests Solomon to join the meeting and to introduce himself to the group.

In these private conversations the mental states of the group are synchronised with the ambient, individual and collective work plans are agreed and in most cases checked with the mentor through the ambient. In some cases the assistance of the mentor is requested. A scheduled plenary meeting begins with those who are present. Solomon introduces himself. Annette gives a 3-D presentation of her assignment. A group member asks questions about one of Annette’s decisions and alternative visualisations are projected. During the presentation the mentor is feeding observations and questions to the ambient, together with William, an expert who was asked to join the meeting. William, although several thousand miles away, joins to make a comment and answer some questions. The session ends with a discussion of how Annette’s work contributes to that of the others and the proposal of schedules for the remainder of the day. The ambient suggests a schedule involving both shared and individual sessions.

During the day individuals and sub-groups locate in appropriate spaces in the ambient to pursue appropriate learning experiences at a pace that suits them. The ambient negotiates its degree of participation in these experiences with the aid of the mentor. During the day the mentor and ambient converse frequently, establishing where the mentor might most usefully spend his time, and in some cases altering the schedule. The ambient and the mentor will spend some time negotiating shared experiences with other ambients – for example mounting a single musical concert with players from two or more distant sites. They will also deal with requests for references / profiles of individuals. Time spent in the ambient ends by negotiating a homework assignment with each individual, but only after they have been informed about what the ambient expects to happen for the rest of the day and making appointments for next day or next time.


ISTAG. Scenarios for Ambient Intelligence in 2010. EC - Community Research - IST 2001. Available from < https://www.researchgate.net/publication/262007900_Scenarios_for_ambient_intelligence_in_2010 >. access on 5 December 2019.


Hospitality / Hospitalidade


This table shows the four areas of ilanet virtual infrastructure and its correspondence to ambient intelligence scenarios. / Esta tabela mostra as quatro áreas da infraestrutura virtual da ilanet e sua correspondência com os cenários de inteligência do ambiente.


1: Fiorella: personal ambient communicator / comunicador ambiente pessoal Efficiency / Eficiência (Express) 3: Carmen: traffic optimisation / otimização de tráfego
Personality / Individualidade (Persona)   Community / Comunidade (Ilanet)
2: Federico: connecting people and expressing identities / conectando pessoas e expressando identidades Sociability / Sociabilidade (Ágora) 4: Annette and Solomon / Salomão: social learning by connecting people and creating a community memory / aprendizagem social conectando pessoas e criando uma memória comunitária

-- GregorioIvanoff - 06 Dec 2019
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