Take up My Tags: Exploring Benefits of Meaning Making in a Collaborative Learning Task at the Workplace

  • Sebastian Dennerlein
  • Paul Seitlinger
  • Elisabeth Lex
  • Tobias Ley
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9891)


In the digital realm, meaning making is reflected in the reciprocal manipulation of mediating artefacts. We understand uptake, i.e. interaction with and understanding of others’ artefact interpretations, as central mechanism and investigate its impact on individual and social learning at work. Results of our social tagging field study indicate that increased uptake of others’ tags is related to a higher shared understanding of collaborators as well as narrower and more elaborative exploration in individual information search. We attribute the social and individual impact to accommodative processes in the high uptake condition.


Collaborative learning Meaning making Uptake Social tagging 



The work is funded by Know-Center GmbH (COMET Program managed by AT Research Promotion Agency FFG), Austrian Science Fund (FWF; Grant Project: 25593-G22) and EU-IP Learning Layers (Grant Agreement: 318209).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sebastian Dennerlein
    • 1
  • Paul Seitlinger
    • 1
  • Elisabeth Lex
    • 1
  • Tobias Ley
    • 2
  1. 1.Graz University of TechnologyGrazAustria
  2. 2.Tallinn UniversityTallinnEstonia

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