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Title: Enriching Learning Contexts to Support Communities of Practice
Authors: Miao, Yongwu
Fleschutz, Maria
Zentel, Peter
Issue Date: Dec-1999
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Citation: Miao, Y., Fleschutz, M., & Zentel, P. (1999). Enriching Learning Contexts to Support Communities of Practice. In Hoadley, C. M. & Roschelle, J. (Eds.), Proceedings of the Computer Support for Collaborative Learning (CSCL) 1999 Conference. Palo Alto, CA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: The theory of situated learning emphasizes the importance of authentic learning contexts and the central role of social interaction. In the light of this theory and based on our previous experience, we propose an approach for the development of context-based virtual learning environments. These are virtual worlds, which the learners themselves can create and modify. They therefore provide a customized learning context in which all learning processes and communications between learners can be situated. The characteristics of our approach are: the use of perceptual metaphors, the flexible combination of these metaphors within the learning environment, and the support for awareness of the context and the social interaction within it. Collaborative hypermedia technology is used to construct and to represent places and information in the environment and then to navigate within it. The prototype system provides rich and flexible learning contexts and supports various forms of social interaction for communities of practice.
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