ITCOLE Project - Designing Innovative Technology for Collaborative Learning and Knowledge Building
Teemu Leinonen, Univ. of Art and Design Helsinki, Finland ; Kai Hakkarainen, Univ. of Helsinki, Finland ; Wolfgang Appelt, Forschungszentrum Informationstechnik GmbH, Germany ; Antonio Gómez-Skarmetav, Univ. of Murcia, Spain ; Samu Leinonen, Univ. of Art and Design Helsinki, Finland
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Norfolk, VA USA ISBN 978-1-880094-42-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
The purpose of this paper is to describe pedagogical background and design rationale of ITCOLE (Innovative Technology for Collaborative Learning) software. The ITCOLE software is a highly scalable and easy to use modular environment that supports students' joint efforts to build knowledge together, whether they are primary, secondary, or older students. The central metaphor of the ITCOLE system is that of shared electronic workspaces which students and teachers use for asynchronous and synchronous collaboration. The system will provide tools for community building as well as include awareness tools that help users to manage their joint knowledge building by providing real-time information on various aspects of collaboration. It is intended that the ITCOLE software will become available free of charge and mostly under open source terms for educational institutions. A downloadable pilot version of the ITCOLE server software under title Future Learning Environment 2 (Fle2) with some of the basic functionality is currently available (http//: fle2.uiah.fi).
Leinonen, T., Hakkarainen, K., Appelt, W., Gómez-Skarmetav, A. & Leinonen, S. (2001). ITCOLE Project - Designing Innovative Technology for Collaborative Learning and Knowledge Building. In C. Montgomerie & J. Viteli (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2001--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1103-1108). Norfolk, VA USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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