Knowledge Management Framework for Collaborative Learning Support

Mizue Kayama and Toshio Okamoto

The purpose of this study is to support the learning activity in the Internet learning space. In this paper, we examine the knowledge management and the knowledge representation of the learning information for the collaborative learning support. RAPSODY-EX (REX) is a distributed learning support environment organized as a learning infrastructure. REX can effectively carry out the collaborative learning support in asynchronous/synchronous learning mode. Distributed learning is a learning style where individual learning and collaborative learning are carried out on the multimedia communication network. In the distributed learning environment, arrangement and integration of the learning information are attempted to support the decision making of learners and mediators. Various information in the educational context is referred and reused as knowledge which oneself and others can practically utilize. We aim at the construction of an increasingly growing digital portfolio database. In addition, the architecture of the learning environment that includes such a database is researched.


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