ERIC Number: ED448757
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Facilitating Collaboration, Knowledge Construction and Communication with Web-Enabled Databases.
McNeil, Sara G.; Robin, Bernard R.
This paper presents an overview of World Wide Web-enabled databases that dynamically generate Web materials and focuses on the use of this technology to support collaboration, knowledge construction, and communication. Database applications have been used in classrooms to support learning activities for over a decade, but, although business and e-commerce have quickly embraced dynamic Web-based databases, their potential in educational environments is just now beginning to be realized. The authors explore a social constructivist framework for using Web-based databases to support learning and assessment and describe several specific applications of dynamic databases used to facilitate the construction of knowledge and support collaborative activities in online education courses. Several uses of databases are summarized, including building community, potential for continued growth, simplicity and accessibility, empowerment, and quality. The following examples of dynamic databases are described: student pictures and biographies for HyperGroups; computer-based instruction database; and faculty feedback. (Contains 13 references.) (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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