Communication, conceptualization and articulation

Adel Elsayed (University of Bolton, Bolton BL3 5AB, UK)
Roger Hartley (University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK)

Interactive Technology and Smart Education

ISSN: 1741-5659

Publication date: 30 November 2005


Learning can be viewed as a communication process that puts the learner in contact with concepts created by others. A result of communication is that an act of interpretation starts, which invokes a process of conceptualization. According to Mayes, successful conceptualization will need the support of learning activities. Hence, machine mediated communication is important for creating online e‐Learning opportunities; not only for relaying communication content, but also for supporting the cognitive processes associated with the necessary learning activities required for conceptualization. In Laurillard’s conversational theory, a communication loop should be established between learners and teachers. The articulation element in this loop is necessary for engaging the learner in a collaborative activity, which is essential for developing further the conceptualization process. This paper discusses the acts of communication, conceptualization and articulation within a machine mediated multimodal communication, and it proposes a framework within which a supporting set of cognitive activities can be developed.



Elsayed, A. and Hartley, R. (2005), "Communication, conceptualization and articulation", Interactive Technology and Smart Education, Vol. 2 No. 4, pp. 195-206.

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