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Knowledge Awareness: Bridging Learners in a Collaborative Learning Environment
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, , Tokushima University, Japan

IJET Volume 4, Number 2, ISSN 1077-9124 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

This paper describes knowledge awareness (KA), a new concept for inducing collaboration in an open-ended and collaborative learning environment. Sharlok (SHARing, Linking and lOoking for Knowledge) is also proposed as a testbed of KA, which has a knowledge building and collaborative learning environment connected via Internet. To enhance collaboration opportunities in this situation, KA provides information about the activities of the learners within the shared knowledge space. For instance, the messages are "someone is looking at the same knowledge that you are looking at" and "someone discussed the knowledge which you have inputted." The spontaneous collaboration which is created by the messages facilitates the refinement and evolution of the learners' knowledge. We have tested and verified the effectiveness of Sharlok and KA through their use.

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Ogata, H. & Yano, Y. (1998). Knowledge Awareness: Bridging Learners in a Collaborative Learning Environment. International Journal of Educational Telecommunications, 4(2), 219-236. Charlottesville, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 18, 2019 from .

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