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This presentation looks at a constructivist teaching philosophy where students construct an understanding of the world by reflecting on his or her experiences, connecting those experiences to ideas that they already possess. By extending constructivist teaching principles with Web-based collaboration technologies, a novel form of classrooms known as knowledge communities may be envisioned. Engaging a class (or several classes) as a knowledge community involves students collectively constructing a knowledge base and in their working as a community. Students participate in knowledge construction and inquiry practices that allow the collective knowledge to transcend any individual contribution. In terms of Web-based collaboration technologies in the classroom, they may be harnessed for aggregating and visualizing student contributions such that they may be reflected and further built upon by everyone in the community. A demonstration lecture on interactive learning environments embodying ideas in constructivism and knowledge communities will be given as part of the presentation.

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