A Platform and Functional Model for Collaborative Learning

M. Kayama and T. Okamoto


Learning technologies, collaborative learning, system framework, functional model, learning environment


This study explores the learning environment and the learning technologies for a web environment. The authors’ research is based on previous success with collaborative learning technology studies, which demonstrated that the objects should be the cores of the collaborative technologies. Based on those results, the current research proposes a learning environment for collaborative learning, in particular looking for essential elements and relations among elements. Based on this concept, the framework of the collaborative learning environment emerges. RAPSODY-EX (REX) is set as an example of the collaborative learning environment. The features and functions of the framework are described using REX as an example. Finally, the authors discuss on extending the framework for the collaborative learning environment over the Internet.

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