Architecture of Collaborative Learning Environment as Infrastructure for Personal Activity

T. Watanabe and T. Kojiri (Japan)


interaction interface, learning support mechanism, authoring-text database, seamless transition, knowledge handling, personal activity


The collaborative learning system is one of computer-supported educational systems, and takes important roles in an advanced information society because all computers connected independently through Internet can exchange mutually messages. In particular, now that various educational environments have been investigated and developed dramatically under the slogan "e-learning", the collaboration which should be established by anyone, at anytime, in anywhere through information network is important for knowledge activity in our future. In this paper, we discuss an architectural framework of collaborative learning environment to make the personal learning activity powerful by encouraging active discussion among participated students and promoting their own understandability. Our viewpoints for the architectural framework are interaction interface, learning support mechanism and authoring-text database. The collaborative learning environment can be successfully established when these three composite viewpoints are sufficiently investigated and cooperatively integrated. Of course, the collaborative learning environment should be one of all educational environments, and also the seamless transition relationship between collaborative learning style and other learning styles is necessary to construct smartly the personal activity for creative learning process. Namely, the seamless transition mechanism among various computer-supported learning styles is to be sure that the private space and common sharing space should be established independently and can also be alternately exchanged.

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