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Collaborative Innovation as a Process for Cognitive Development

, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore ; , Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Journal of Interactive Learning Research Volume 11, Number 3, ISSN 1093-023X Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


In this article we propose a methodology for collaborative innovation, which leads to cognitive development. Motivation for innovation could be an effective means for efficient and meaningful learning. Meaningful learning contributes to cognitive development. Therefore, in professional education the aim is to maintain the continuous cognitive development through lifelong learning. Distributed cognition of people and artifacts are integrated during the process of collaborative innovation. This, in turn, enriches the individuals' cognition, metacognitive abilities, techniques of interpersonal communication, and reflective thinking skills. A mechanism for the process of innovation is discussed to identify the possible stages of interaction for collaboration. The guidelines for interaction are identified to develop an intelligent support system. This support system guides participants in carrying out innovative activities. Based on participants' personal portfolios, the network can be used to perform an intelligent compatibility search on the World Wide Web (Web) for locating companions for collaboration. The same tool can also be incorporated for other ontological searches in connection with the process of innovation such as suggesting possible problems to be explored and providing relevant information on available resources. In this methodology, the main intention is to continue the cognitive development process where the innovative activities are used to sustain the motivation of the learner. Any other outcome from these innovative activities were considered incidental. In future work, we intend to develop a measure for assessing cognitive changes for providing periodic feedback to participants about their progress. An intelligent tool would be developed for periodic assessment and reporting cognitive changes to the participants to help in sustaining their motivation.


Bhattacharya, M. & Chatterjee, R. (2000). Collaborative Innovation as a Process for Cognitive Development. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 11(3), 295-312. Charlottesville, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved June 13, 2021 from .



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