A general term used in the KP-Lab project to refer to digital and non-digital products by humans. These products are created, developed or used by individuals, groups of people or the learning community, where both their conceptual or epistemic aspects (they embed knowledge) and material qualities (they are some sort of entities with certain material characteristics) are emphasized. An artefact becomes a knowledge artefact in that it fulfills a particular epistemic function (type of mediation) within the knowledge creation process. A knowledge artefact might be used to elicit different perspectives on the knowledge object, to structure what is known of a knowledge object, to probe whether certain assumptions regarding the knowledge object hold in practices, and so on.

Typical examples of knowledge artefacts are documents, models, graphs, visualizations, notes, etc. Within KP-Lab a central form of knowledge artefacts is those appearing in a digital form (appearing, e.g. in the KPE) but as important are other kinds of knowledge artefacts (e.g. documents or plans in a paper format, or material prototypes). The specific characteristic of the use of knowledge artefacts in the context of trialogical learning is that these artefacts immediately serve the creation and finalization of the solution or product that some knowledge community is working on. One connotation of ‘knowledge artefacts’ is that they are usually dynamically produced and modified by a human being or a group of people. The term ‘knowledge artefact’ is meant in concrete terms to refer particular entities produced and modified.


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