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ERIC Number: EJ837248
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
Students' Collective Knowledge Construction in the Virtual Learning Environment ""ToLigado"--Your School Interactive Newspaper"
Information Research: An International Electronic Journal, v13 n1 Paper 335 Mar 2008
Introduction: The ToLigado Project--Your School Interactive Newspaper is an interactive virtual learning environment conceived, developed, implemented and supported by researchers at the School of the Future Research Laboratory of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Method: This virtual learning environment aims to motivate trans-disciplinary research among public school students and teachers in 2,931 schools equipped with Internet-access computer rooms. Within this virtual community, students produce collective multimedia research documents that are immediately published in the portal. The project also aims to increase students' autonomy for research, collaborative work and Web authorship. Main sections of the portal are presented and described. Results: Partial results of the first two years' implementation are presented and indicate a strong motivation among students to produce knowledge despite the fragile hardware and software infrastructure at the time. Discussion: In this new environment, students should be seen as "knowledge architects" and teachers as facilitators, or "curiosity managers". The ToLigado portal may constitute a repository for future studies regarding student attitudes in virtual learning environments, students' behaviour as "authors", Web authorship involving collective knowledge production, teachers' behaviour as facilitators, and virtual learning environments as digital repositories of students' knowledge construction and social capital in virtual learning communities.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Virtual Classrooms, Student Research, Student Developed Materials, Web Sites, Computer Networks, Network Analysis, Social Networks, Shared Resources and Services, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Electronic Publishing, Multimedia Materials, Learner Engagement
Thomas D. Wilson. 9 Broomfield Road, Broomhill, Sheffield, S10 2SE, UK. Web site: http://informationr.net/ir
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Brazil