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ERIC Number: ED444473
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Collaborative Learning by Supporting Casual Encounters in Distance Learning.
Contreras, Juan; Llamas, Rafael; Vizcaino, Aurora; Vavela, Jesus
Casual encounters in a learning environment are very useful in reinforcing previous knowledge and acquiring new knowledge. Such encounters are very common in traditional learning environments and can be used successfully in social environments in which students can discover and construct knowledge through a process of dialogue, negotiation, or sharing. In the context of these casual encounters, the INCA system was developed which informs the user who accesses a World Wide Web site of the presence of other participants and the messages they have exchanged with each other. The system allows students to interact with other people reading course-related documents within the site at the same time. The system will be used in a distance education class in a collaboration among the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, and the Centro de Investigacion Cientifica y de Educacion Superior de Ensenada (Mexico). (Author/MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Chile; Mexico