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Supporting awareness in distributed collaborative learning environments

  • Hiroaki Ogata
  • Kenji Matsuura
  • Yoneo Yano
Part of the Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning book series (CULS, volume 9)

Abstract: This article focuses on distributed collaborative learning environments where it is very difficult for the learners to understand the other learners’ knowledge and activities. For example, since the learner cannot be aware of the other learners’ knowledge and activities in using a web based collaborative learning system, it is very difficult to find suitable partners at the beginning of collaboration. Therefore, this chapter proposes knowledge awareness map to visualize the relationship between the shared knowledge and activities of other learners. For example, a learner may easily approach to the peer who is interested in the same knowledge. It plays a very important role in finding peer helpers, and inducing collaboration and knowledge sharing. In this map, a mediator agent recommends suitable collaborators who can help solving the problem. The prototype system, SharlokII has been developed and used experimentally. Moreover, knowledge awareness in mobile learning environment is described as a recent work.

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Shared Knowledge Collaborative Learning Computer Support Cooperative Work Computer Support Collaborative Learn Collaborative Learning Environment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hiroaki Ogata
    • 1
  • Kenji Matsuura
    • 1
  • Yoneo Yano
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of EngineeringTokushima UniversityTokushima-shiJapan

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